Discover Kastamonu and visit beautiful Ilgaz
Ilgaz Mountain National Park, which is a natural wonder covered with forests, not only has a rich and dense flora, it also shelters a large number of wild animals. The national park is situated within the boundaries of Cankiri and Kastamonu.
Ilgaz, which is one of the greenest areas of Turkey, is a unique beauty for nature lovers and fascinates visitors with all its glory.
Located within the boundaries of the provinces of Cankiri and Kastamonu in the Black Sea region of Turkey, Mount Ilgaz was announced in 1976 as a national park. The park covers an area of 1118 hectares.
The northern slopes of the Ilgaz Mountain National Park are covered with dense forestry and dominated by coniferous trees. The popular name of the forestry around the Ilgaz Mountain is sea of trees. It is possible to see the diversity of the landscape, geological and geomorphological formations, formed by the majestic forests. Larch, juniper, black pine, pine and fir trees cover almost all of the mountain. The high annual rainfall, plus the large amount of plant cover, has made this an area with much wildlife, including roe deer, wild boar, wolves, bears and foxes.
The area is becoming an increasingly winter sports centre, has the nearest facilities to Ankara. Mount Ilgaz has three ski runs of 750, 1000 and 1500 m. It has a 1000 m chair lift and a 750 m baby lift. Its modern accommodations make Mount Ilgaz an ideal place for those who are keen on winter sports and skiing. Snow depth reaches up to 3 m during the winter months.
In the summer months people come here to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can experience trekking, hiking, climbing, horse riding and camping.
Visitors are allowed to fish in the trout farm and ponds in Baldiran Valley between June - September, as well as buying fish from the farm.
There are 3 ways to get from Kastamonu to Ilgaz Mountain National Park by bus, taxi or private car.
The basic highlights of the national park;