100 Interesting Forest Locations

One hundred interesting locations to come across while traveling through a forest.

1A treehouse that is seemingly abandoned. After a short climb, the characters can enter the treehouse via a rope ladder. Inside is a journal and notes that describe a hunter searching for a great beast that can very easily blend in with it's surroundings. With a high enough perception check, a player can notice that something on the ceiling begins to move...
2An iceberg with a magic item of frost frozen at the center.
3The results of a band of goblins robbing a traveling tailor. The trees and bushes are filled with a huge number of clothes and hats.
4All the plants in this area make sound as the wind blows past them to attract pollinating bats instead bees.
5The huge piles of white petals here make this clearing look like a snowy wonderland.
6A tunnel drilled under a redwood tree.
7Moving city tree.
8Abandoned elven hideout and cache hidden behind walls of brambles, vines, and thorns.
9Eight different trees twisted together to create a shelter underneath.
10A shimmering pond in an oak grove known for making anyone who drinks from it lucky for three days.
11A sleeping stone giant covered in pine trees.
12An area where nothing grows, not even druid magic can grow plant life there.
13A strange circle of stones.
14A large tree with a door.
15A wise and magical owl which sits on a trunk and speaks with the players.
16A buried corpse. The players meet the murderer in the next city.
17An inconspicuous looking patch of forest in which time passes considerably faster or slower. It is very difficult to notice this change.
18A patch of forest where there appear to be several deer, who upon further inspection are just artistically placed vines.
19A clearing with a single bush in its center, and the bush is wildly different in colors than anything else in the area (ie, purple leaves, or something similar).
20Stones laid out like an arrow, or maybe a big X.
21An archway woven together by trees or tree branches leading to a small temple.
22A grove of saplings that were intentionally seeded among piles of humanoid bones, creating natural effigies that rattle in the wind.
23Trees that float several feet off the ground. Inspection reveals shimmering glyphs under the bark.
24Land that, as the party walks across it, produces a hollow sound, like the soil beneath holds a cavern or void.
25A large herd of owlbear asleep in a berry patch. Blue stains cover their beaks and they cannot be easily roused (location likely under fey influence).
26A fairy ring which the locals say becomes an entryway to the Feywild once in a blue moon, and to the Shadowfell every thirteenth blue moon.
27A glade where the sounds of the forest fade away to silence. Then you realize you can't hear your footsteps any longer. Or your voices...
28A beautiful, clear stream. The water is lightly sparkling, and produces an intoxicating, soporific effect when consumed.
29An enormous pit trap into which you might stumble. Can you escape before whoever set it - or whatever they set it to catch - returns? Or perhaps turn the sprung trap into an ambush for the hunters?
30The slimy tracks of a giant snail. If followed, the creature is encountered trying to devour a humongous mushroom. Who knows what kind of treasure it might have accidently swallowed.
31Overgrown tomb of an ancient Warrior. Can't imagine a cozier home for a mimic.
32A troll guarding a broken down caravan, claiming to be a soldier with 'fish-shell odors'.
33A plantation of mystic sage, that has not been abandoned for long. As soon as the players set foot into the field, voices are heard from a few meters away.
34A cozy hut with a lit fire and enough food to feed a whole family. It's also a giant man-eating plant, but they'll figure that out soon enough.
35A small grassy clearing that has one area that the grass refuses to grow. The area is in the shape of a man lying down.
36A grove where there is a large odd looking black tree. The tree vaguely seems to have a face towards its top and the branches seem to resemble horns. Where the tree's 'chest' would be is a pristine katana stabbed into it.
37A stump of a tree that has its rings form a chest/game board.
38A pond that reflects an different area of the woods you are in. If you jump in, you arrive in a different pond. The fish and the wild in the pond do not seem to be affected.
39The corpse of a giant that has a tree growing through its chest.
40Grove a trees that appear to be transparent slightly. Upon closer inspection, the trees are made of flawless crystals.
41A large Cedar tree that has a man stuck to it via an arrow. The man appears to be a sleep.
42A man in all green plate armor meditating in front of a pine tree. The man has slightly green skin and grass green hair. Upon trying to wake him, your vision wavers for a moment and the man is now a skeleton with plant life growing all over and in it.
43A small wooden bridge that allows passage over an even smaller creek. There is an ogre manning the bridge with a sign in crude common 'Please pay the toll.' If the party chooses to kill the ogre, they will find a license from the local lord's bridge builders to allow better travel in the area and that the ogre can collect a toll. They will also find a note that says 'Have fun at work today, daddy' as well as a what looks like a laminated picture of a small ogre girl and female ogre.
44A part of the forest that is in a perpetual winter. Upon inspection, the forest is protected by a barrier and is attempting to repair itself after a particularly bad drought.
45A portion of the woods seems to make corridors and visibility is limited to only within the 'rooms' the corridors lead to. Choosing the correct corridor allows the party to go further into the woods but any wrong turn and they are lead back to the entrance area they first entered this section of the woods.
46A river flows from a cave that opens into a spring. On the far side from the opening there is an obelisk that exudes this water in the center of an ancient Stone Giants Palm.
47A tree with a sword stuck in it. On closer inspection there are several skeletons at the foot of the tree, the skulls of the skeletons are missing.
48Two gnomes sitting next to each other, singing in a language no one can understand. The language is made up, and the gnomes will not pay attention to you until you speak gibberish at them.
49A pond with delicious and clear water you can step in and drink, but you can't take any of the water in a container, nor can you drop anything into the water.
50A trinket, buried below very conspicuous leaves. It belongs to no one, and no one will buy it from you.
51An old oak tree that has, somehow, grown around into a spiral. On the trunk is a handprint in the bark that looks as if someone pressed their palm into soft clay. Most who place their hand in the print feel nothing but cold wood, but a chosen few feel warmth and a heartbeat.
52A large tree that looks like a birch, except it is shaped like a perfect sphere with small leaf-bearing twigs poking out around the top. Surrounding the tree are dozens of hand-sized runestones laying in the ground. There is no grass within the circle, or any other plants besides the tree, and animals and insects abruptly change direction before crossing into the circle.
53A coconut tree, which is odd since coconuts are not native to the region. On the ground below the tree is a single coconut with a hole cut in the side, with flies swarming around it. Do you dare look inside?
54A dismembered dryad in a clearing of thorns. The party may hear distant music and cheering. Upon further investigation the party finds a camp of satyrs torturing a dryad and or other fey.
55A grove of trees with orange leaves and vines growing from them. Harvesting a pound of the vines and succeeding a DC20 Alchemist's Tools check allows one to create an elixir that turns the imbiber into a dryad for an hour.
56A grove with 12-feet-tall lilies. A DC13 perception check allows one to hear noises coming from inside one such lily. Upon inspection, an elven couple is inside the flower having fun in the pollen.
57A massive tree contains a spiral staircase made of rocky steps stuck into the wood. Climbing the staircase leads to a flat-topped branch with a stone circle (à là Stonehenge) on it. Reading the elven runes explains that it is a gateway to the Beastlands, but can only be opened by expending a 7th level spell slot.
58A massive tree with crystal-like leaves, causing the light that passes through the canopy to be split into rainbow hues. A Warlock of the Archfey sits beneath the tree, speaking to a dryad who gives him orders from his patron.
59Next to a creek you find about a dozen human-shaped trees. The trees are actually people who were attacked by a 'wooden basilisk', a variant of the species.
60A bosk of trees with faces carved on them. As you walk by it you always have a feeling that the woodland sounds are whispers, and that someone is watching you. Creatures cannot benefit from long rests made in this bosk.
61A clearing in the woods reveals a small pond. Underneath this pond there is a cave, with an air chamber where the body of a long-dead king was buried.
62A massive tree, grown horizontally over a waterfall, serves as the only bridge in the area. A band of satyrs demands a toll for crossing, claiming their fey magic is what made the tree grow this way, and therefore they deserve a toll.
63A clearing with 8 complete totems, and a ninth one being constructed by centaurs to honor their recently-deceased chieftain.
64A waterfall with its water flowing up.
65The road opens into an entrance to the Feywild.
66Hidden among the trees there is a small fortress. If investigated, the fort is garrisoned by elves who guard an entrance into the Underdark.
67A chest hidden amongst a group of trees and bushes. Upon closer inspection the adventurers will find out that everything but the chest is a pack of mimics of varying sizes trying to lure in adventurers. The chest is locked and filled with whatever was in it before the mimics killed the previous owner.
68Abandoned castle, fort, temple, farmhouse, ruins, tower, etc. overgrown with plant and animal life.
69Giant Statue, overgrown with plants.
70Giant hole in the ground going straight down hundreds of feet, possible cave entrance at bottom.
71Bioluminescent forest. At night many of the plants glow in the dark.
72Garden of Flowers - area of the forest covered in colorful flowers.
73Area full of giant shells. Giant insect shell, seashells, snail shells, crab shells, etc. overgrown with plants.
74A perfectly circular clearing where no trees grow, symbols carved in the the trees surrounding it.
75In the distance the sound of a flute instrument can be heard. After pushing through a rather thick layer of brush the clearing offers an interesting sight. A group of woodland animals circle around an ancient tree stump, sitting upon it is a small boy playing a flute. When you approach he stops playing and the animals flee into the brush and he fades into nothing.
76An empty lumberjacks camp, in which all the tents are filled with potted plants. A powerful fey Lord was visiting the camp and decided to turn the wood cutters into plants and saplings.
77A hot spring in a clearing that attracts nearby wanderers into bathing within. It's actually a pool of bubbling acid with black pudding at the bottom to grab a hold of anyone who tried to bathe in the spring. The spring is mystically enchanted to appear as a calm hot spring instead of bubbling acid littered with bones, with an additional enchantment to charm passersby into taking a dip.
78A large boulder covered in a lush moss that exudes vitality. Taking a short rest next to the boulder maximizes your hit dice.
79A small pond, inhabited by a lone pixie. She offers you a reward if you 'play' with her.
80Above you is a network of crisscrossing vines. They are taut. Occasionally a vine ends with a piece of thick draping cloth on it. (Upon investigation they are found to be primative zip-lines) If the party was loud, they are spotted by the locals.
81While resting after your battle with the beasts of the forest (insert PC) leans against a weeping tree. It sounds in a yawning creak of wood as the roots unearth themselves. It moves slightly back causing (insert PC name) to tip slightly over. 'Pardon me, small one, your blade was poking me.'
82A geometrically-shaped part of the forest that is a literal desert, including climate and all. that part of the forest functions on its own.
83We stumbled upon a long-abandoned pit trap with broken stakes at the bottom! It had partially crumbled, but was still quite dangerous.
84We found an area where every leaf and blade of grass was blue and glowed in the dark! It was attracting attention (enemies sort of attention) for miles!
85We came across a clearing filled with huge flytrap plants! One of them tried to eat the wizard's familiar!
86We stumbled across a giant's farm! It had the biggest carrots any of us had ever seen! (I hope the farmer isn't around.)
87We found a portal to the Feywild under the roots of a gigantic tree! There were sprites everywhere, trying to chase us off!
88Shambling into a clearing, you see a wild-eyed stag, permanently locked in combat with the decapitated head of another stag. As though this was not gruesome enough, the head is animated through dark magic and roaring an unholy roar of anguish, driving the living stag mad.
89A circle of mushrooms which is on a layline or offers another type of benefit to wizards who sit in it.
90A tar pit in which odd long mushrooms grow.
91A crashed airship which is stuck in a few trees and has grown in.
92A floating tree amongst the canopy. No difference from the other trees other than the fact that it is hovering inches from the ground with seemingly no roots - only a stump.
93A clearing with a deep pond. At the center of the pond is a golden statue. The statue is a magical bathysphere that shrinks the party and delivers them to a shrunken sunken city.
94The ground trembles beneath you, trees turn and tilt, and panicked cries of creatures ring through the woods as the ground lifts up on the back of a colossal, ancient tortoise. Centuries of loam and soil slide from the shell and the creatures waking croak rings through the air.
95A giant sinkhole hidden by illusion magic that covers a forest gnome city within the hole.
96A rough stone statue of a cyclops. Unbeknownst to the party, this statue is actually a petrified Cyclops.
97Two creatures locked in vines and frozen in time with magic. A powerful Centaur shaman and a greedy looking human. They are frozen in the form of fighting, the Human holds a beautiful looking chest under his arm, most likely the Centaurs riches.
98You find a small spring surrounded by old ruins of what seemed to be some kind of church. The water is extremely cold. Once per short rest, when you drink the water, you can choose to end an effect on you, such as charmed or poisoned, or heal 1d6. For every minute you are sitting in the water, you must make a DC 14 Constitution check. On a success, you can end an effect on you and heal 1d6. On a fail, the water is too cold for you and you have to get out. You can’t get the same effects until you finish a short or long rest
99A mysterious glowing fountain that has two koi swimming in a constant circle (one black with a white dot one white with a black dot).
100A completely pink tree. The tree isn't only pink on the outside, the leaves, and even the inside of the tree, are all shades of pink.