Taiwan, compared to other countries, perhaps not internationally known for its national parks. There are few highlights such as Taroko Gorge, Kending, or Alishan. But aside from those, there are other smaller and more hidden outdoors to explore. The wonderful thing about most of Taiwan’s national parks is how convenient they are, especially for a city slicker like me. Public toilets (with indoor plumbing, not just an outhouse) are always within reach, the trails are paved, sturdy bridges and staircases, and most importantly everything is safe.
I know that many outdoorsmen would find it not as challenging as for instance, the parks in North America, Australia, Indonesia, etc. But I must say that not everybody has the skill and courage to explore the wild. So it is wonderful that in Taiwan there is a happy medium where people can still enjoy nature without the need to feel afraid of the unexpected. Aowanda Park is one of the convenient national parks here in Taiwan. It is only 2 hours drive from Taichung and it offers beautiful views. If you come during autumn, the maple leaves are starting to redden, which gives a deep orange glow when it hits by afternoon sunlights. The streams below are mostly dry all year long, except during typhoon time. So for a day escape Aowanda can give a sense of wilderness, with public toilets around of course.