Kure Mountains National Park spreads over a total area of 37 thousand hectares in the region between Kastamonu and Bartin. With additional buffer zones, this figure rises to over 100,000. With its large and dense forests, wild animal ecosystem, caves, waterfalls, and canyons, it is one of the most valuable places in the Black Sea region. So, what are the places you can visit in the Kure Mountains National Park?
The fact that it extends along with the mountain range and that road access is very tough has restricted the settlement in the region. Since the 90s, it has been declared one of the sensitive areas to be protected in Europe and became a national park in 2000. The area stands out with its host otter, birds of prey, vertebrates, grizzly bears, and deer. In addition, it fascinates you with the elusive Valla and Horma Canyon, Ilica Waterfall, and Ilgarani Cave, which dates back to the prehistoric period.
You can visit these points, which are sorted one after the other, according to the travel plan you have specified.
Valla Canyon: Valla Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world, is located in The Pinarbasi district. However, you can kayak in the canyon, which can be descended with a professional guide. You can enjoy the area by climbing to the area with the wooden viewing terrace.
Horma Canyon: The canyon that forms the starting point of Ilica Waterfall is safer than the Valla canyon. The wooden hiking trail is created, and you can reach through wooden hiking to the waterfall.
Ilica Waterfall: The waterfall flowing from a height of 10 meters is suitable for swimming. You can stay at the bungalow house near the waterfall and enjoy the waterfall in the morning.
Ilgarani Cave: The cave, which has a length of 850 meters and a depth of 250 meters, dates back to prehistoric times. At the entrance to the cave, there are Byzantine village ruins and water cisterns. However, you may need to walk a long way to reach the cave and have a guide with you.