It’s a scientific fact. Spending time in New York’s Forests can improve your health.
When you pack up the camper, trailer or RV and head for any of New York State’s abundant forest land, you are not just taking a welcome break from the routine of daily life; you are boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure, improving your mood and sleep quality and increasing your energy level.
In fact, according to numerous research studies, just looking at trees or taking a walk in a woods has been shown to hasten recovery from illness and reduce symptoms of ADHD in children.
Forests Are Good for Your Health
The Japanese have coined a term for it: shinrin-yoku, which translates as “forest bathing.” Basically, it means taking a leisurely visit to a forest, where you breathe in the healing ambience and natural oils of trees.
According to the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State has more than 18.6 million acres of forest land. You can partake of the healing powers of old growth forests in the Finger Lakes region, Roaring Brook Falls in the Adirondacks and the Camillus Unique Forest near Syracuse.
Closer to home, you can walk the trails at The Crossings, Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam, or the Hemlock Trail in Saratoga, which is part of Saratoga State Park.
These are just a few of the abundant park and forestlands in New York State. For local information, check your county government page or City Park Service web sites.
For more information about NY State Parks, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation at:
For details on camp sites for tents, RVs and camper trailers:
For a list of hiking trails throughout New York State:
To learn more about the benefits and scientific research related to forest therapy, go to: www.dec.ny.gov/lands