Hatila Valley National Park

Hatila Valley is a V-shaped, deep geomorphologic structure with narrow floor within Artvin province in Northeast Black Sea Region; the National Park, which includes the valley, covers an area of 16,944 hectares. Despite being located in Black Sea Region, the valley also comprises Mediterranean species, offering a rich flora and glorious wildlife. Besides, the park enables various aspects of ecotourism thanks to abundant options for trekking and photography.

National Park, boasting Hatila Stream within the valley as well as many other creeks, has peerless landscape throughout the valley thanks to various rocks and up to 100% incline of slopes. Waterfalls, formed by knick-points along the valley, are worth seeing. In addition to striking geologic and geomorphologic features, the area has a significant potential of recreation thanks to rich flora and fauna.

Flora: The site comprises 530 plant species, including 85 relict-endemic ones. There are trees such as spruce, fir, scotch pine, beech, hornbeam, alder, oak, hawthorn, elm, poplar, chestnut, yew and lime, as well as shrubs including rhododendron, hazelnut, box, common laurel and rowan tree, in addition to bushes like dog rose, blackberry, bilberry and herbaceous plants such as holly, strawberry, fern, thyme, elder and nettle. Middle and higher sections of the valley are particularly covered with rich vegetation. Almost 50 of species in National Park area are used in pharmaceutical industry. 

Fauna: Mountain goat, squirrel, marten, bear, boar, wolf, fox, rabbit, jackal, gazelle are common mammals in the site. Besides, the Park hosts birds such as Caucasian grouse, partridge, sparrow, woodpecker, ouzel, sparrowhawk, quail and falcon, as well as reptiles such as lizard and tortoise, and trout.