We visited the Nantou’s Sitou Forest RecreationPark [溪頭森林遊樂區] along with the Monster Village [妖怪村] with a friend who was visiting Nantou for an extended weekend. Despite having a fantastic time at both places and coming back with some great shots, I’ve only recently wrapped up editing the batch of photographs from the Sitou Forest Recreation Park that have been sitting on my hard drive for more than half a year.
As with any of the area’s attractions – be sure you leave plenty early to avoid the crowds if visiting on a weekend. As morning progresses, the road up to Sitou’s parking lot gets backed up with cars waiting for others to leave so they can enter and park. Thinking about visiting during a public holiday? Might want to consider a different destination.
There are a few different path choices for visitors to take each varying in difficulty. We walked to Sitou’s Sacred Tree: a 2800-year-old behemoth of a cypress tree standing at 38-meters tall.
One attraction that was added since my previous visit to the area was the Sky Walk: a walkway measuring 180-meters and standing more than 20-meters above the ground. The Sky Walk gives visitors a flying squirrel’s view of the forest.
Getting There: Got your own transportation? Take Freeway 3 and exit at the Zhushan Interchange. Take Provincial HWY 3 towards Zhushan and turn left at County HWY 151. Otherwise you can catch a shuttle bus from Taichung’s HSR Station or catch one of the buses leaving for Sanlinxi outside Taichung Railway Station [Taichung Bus and Yuanlin Bus companies].