China’s national forest trail refers to zonal leisure space that passes through the important mountains and forest areas. It has different natural scenery and historical and cultural characteristics, and it allows people to get close to nature.
Since 2017, the National Forestry & Grassland Administration has released 12 national forest trails, including Qingling Mountains, Taihang Mountain and Wuling Mountains. Wuling Mountain National Forest Trail starts from Shiqian County, Guizhou Province in the south, and passes through Hunan and Hubei provinces to Wushan County of Chongqing City. It is 1,162 km long and 70% are covered with forests.
Wuling Mountain National Forest Trail has the longest mileage in Hunan Province. Such scenic spots as Aizhai National Forest Park, Hongshilin National Geopark, Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park along Wuling Mountains present varying gorgeous scenery.
In addition to visiting natural scenery, tourists can also visit many famous cities and towns with a profound historical and cultural background along the Wuling Mountain National Forest Trail. Yongshun County, Sangzhi County, Furong Town and other places along Wuling Mountains were important places in ancient times. They are now popular tourist destinations with distinctive ethnic characteristics. Such ancient salt paths are still located in the deep mountains and dense forests of western Hunan, waiting for hikers to explore.