Altındere Valley National Park

Stretching across and area of 4.468 hectares, the national park area is located in Trabzon within the Eastern Black Sea region. Situated at a height of 1300 meters, Altindere Valley National Park which attracts attention with the geomorphological formations created by the valley shelters the Sumela Monastery dating back 1600 years ago. The national park area possessing some large and small sanctuary settlements in addition to the the Sumela Monastery has a priceless importance in terms of historical-cultural tourism.

Altindere valley forming deep and high walls possesses significant water resources with its natural living treasures it contains. The Virgin Vale which is located in the base of the valley is the biggest river merging with other streams around. The national park area where the people enjoy the activities such as trekking, camping, climbing, sportive fishing, etc. is visited by over 100.000 people each year.

Flora: Altindere Valley National Park showing the typical floral characteristics of Eastern Mediterranean region hosts different plant species varying according to the elevation. The flora in the national park which basically includes alpine and forest plant types shelters the plant species such as Eastern Mediterranean Abies, Beech-Stem Maple, Eastern Mediterranean Maple, Pine-Leave Maple, Field Maple, Bearded Maple, Downy Birch, Common Carpinus, Anatolian Chestnut, Common Hazelnut, Common Walnut, Oriental Beech, Oriental Fagus, Oriental Spruce, Aspen, Black Elder,  Caucasian Ash, Black Currant, Pontine Oak, Wych-Elm, Rowan Tree as well as some herbaceous plant species.

Fauna: Altindere Valley National Park has rather rich fauna. It is possible to see mammal species such as Fox, Roedeer, Wildcat, Brown Bear, wild boar, Rabbit, Squirrel, Hedgehog, Weasel, Wolf, Jackal, Wolverine as well as bird species such as sparrow hawk, woodpecker, eagle owl, Hawk, crow, beaver, quail, falcon, scops owl, partridge, magpie, woodcock, Caspian snowcock and blackbird living in the fauna of the national park. The fact that the area is under protection has led the various living creatures with limited living environment to seek shelter in the national park.