Daxueshan National Forest Recreation Area is located at the end slope of southwestern ridge of Hsuehshan Range. The elevation changes between the highest at Hsiaohsuehshan (Little Daxueshan), Anma Mountain, Boat-shaped Mountain and Shao-Lai Mountain to the southwest, with the valley of Shao-Lai Creek approximately 1,000 meters away.
In the early days, the area was an important tree farm in central Taiwan. The forest is rich in tree species. There are warm, temperate and boreal forest zones, each with a unique ecosystem.