The Reaching Woods is composed of deciduous trees-mostly elms, maples, oaks and beeches. There is a considerable amount of undergrowth. Narrow trails made by various animals twist through the woods occasionally intersecting wider trails made by the humanoid denizens of the forest.
Twenty years ago the leaders of Elturgard discovered that many of the inner areas of the woods hid shrines to primal entities not approved by the High Observer of Torm. These sites were tended by elves, humans, gnolls and goblins. As it is known that gnolls serve demons and goblins are vicious creatures, the High Observer ordered the forest barricaded. Since that time, the gnolls have conquered the other humanoid tribes within the wood.