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Kure Mountains National Park

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Turkey's First Pan Parks Certified Area

Kure Mountains National Park is located within the boundaries of the provinces of Kastamonu and Bartin in the Black Sea region of Turkey. The national park is a gift to the earth from Turkey, the first PAN Parks certified protected area of Turkey.

Kure Mountains National Park

Kure Mountains National Park, located in Bartin and Kastamonu provinces, covers of 37.753 hectares, is globally important for nature conservation. Kure Mountains start from Bartin River on the west and runs 300 kilometers on to Kizilirmak River toward the east.

The national park is a gift to the earth from Turkey with its intact forests, wildlife, endemic plant species, caves, canyons, waterfalls, geologic features, traditional life and architecture. There are nearly 100 caves in the region, exact location is mapped. According to experts, this site is a national park of caves and canyons.

Kure Mountains National Park borders have been designated with a participatory approach. There are nearly 120 villages in the buffer zone. This buffer zone is unique for Turkey and is the most important tool for protection and effective management of the national park. To protect the nature and traditional life styles and for sustainability, state institutions, nongovernmental organizations and local people have been working in collaboration with. With its buffer zone and participation level of local people in nature protection, the national park has become one of the most successful examples of nature protection and natural resource management in Turkey.

First Pan Parks Certified Protected Area of Turkey

PAN Parks, the European wilderness protection organization, works for the protection, greater understanding and appreciation of Europe's wilderness areas.

Kure Mountains National Park is the newest member of PAN Parks, the first PAN Parks certified protected area of Turkey. The park is considered to be one of Europe's 100 Forest Hotspots that need to be protected given the presence of rare, endangered and vulnerable ecosystems.

National Park Profile

  • Natural old forests
  • Exploring biodiversity and wildlife
  • Geological and geomorphological formations
  • Cultural life and archaeological remains
  • Valla Canyon, Horma Canyon, Ilgarini Cave, Aydos Canyon, Ilica Waterfall
  • Hiking and trekking

Biodiversity Hotspot

Kure Mountains chain is one of the 9 forest hotspots in Turkey with its natural values, wilderness, geological features, landscape and cultural values. It is Turkey's eco-tourism center. Since 2000, it is one of the 44 national parks in the Turkey's protected area system. In and around the national park, there are 930 plant taxa, 129 bird, 48 mammal, 8 reptile and 9 amphibian species.

Kure Mountains National Park, Turkey

Kure Mountains National Park, Pinarbasi, Kastamonu