10 Forgotten Places That Nature Is Reclaiming

See greenery creep in and take over as these places succumb to the power of Mother Nature.
By Alison Mann

When humans leave a place they've built behind, nature has a habit of taking over again, producing some spectacular results.

From an abandoned mine to a tree-covered theme park, these are some locations where nature has definitely won the battle. Take a look at these photographs of places that would be awesome to explore.

A school sits abandoned in an undisclosed location in a decay photograph
Once a school, now water-filled and abandoned © Andre Govia

1. Class dismissed — forever

The hallway of this old school, found by decay photographer Andre Govia, has almost become a swimming pool.

The abandoned coal mine of Hasard de Cheratte in Belgium pictured in a decay photograph being reclaimed by nature
The abandoned coal mine of Hasard de Cheratte © Andre Govia

2. Abandoned coal mine

The spectacular abandoned coal mine of Hasard de Cheratte is being slowly engulfed by the hillside in Visè, Belgium.

Hotel room with a side of nature in an undisclosed location in a decay photograph by Andre Govia
Hotel room with a side of nature © Andre Govia

3. Room service needed

Welcome to this hotel room in Germany — more nature than luxury.

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A fairground sits abandoned in an undisclosed location in a decay photograph by Andre Govia
A fairground sits abandoned © Andre Govia

4. Theme park with no lines

When nature takes over a theme park, the results are spectacular.

An house gets taken over by greenery in an undisclosed location in a decay photograph by Andre Govia
An house gets taken over by greenery © Andre Govia

5. Haunted house

An overgrown house you probably wouldn't want to stay in overnight.

A decaying old house in the woods in an undisclosed location in a decay photograph by Andre Govia
The house in the woods © Andre Govia

6. The gardener quit

Almost invisible within the trees, this house has succumbed to nature.

The only abandoned child's bike eaten by a tree on Vashon Island, Washington
The bike eaten by a tree © Spaces Images/Getty Images

7. Bark bike

Natural growth has consumed this old bike, found in the woods off the Vashon Highway on Washington's Vashon Island.

The old abandoned city mill in Sorrento, Italy being reclaimed by nature
The Sorrento mill © Mike Rega/Getty Images

8. Rooftop garden

This old mill covered in trees is found near the center of the Italian town of Sorrento, a great place to look down on.

The crumbling Osarizawa mine in Japan now lies derelict after closing in 1978
The Osarizawa mine © Michael John Grist

9. Mining pools

The pools of the Osarizawa mine in Japan lie desolate after the facility closed in 1978.

The jungle swallows this disused US Air Force base in Tachikawa, Japan
The jungle swallows this US Air Force base © Michael John Grist

10. The force is no longer with this building

This abandoned U.S. Air Force base sits in Tachikawa, Japan and is slowly being reclaimed by the jungle.

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