Küre Mountains National Park

The national park, which is located in the Western Black Sea Region, between Kastamonu Province and Bartin Province, has one of the most important forests of Turkey, and it is in the list of eco-regions declared by WWF.

Kure Mountains National Park, one of the most important and unique examples of natural heritages of the world, acts as a natural arboretum.

The national park is a home to lots of remarkable plant species, and lots of animal species, some of which are nearly extinct. In fact, 40 of 132 mammal species which live in Turkey inhabit in this region. Besides the vegetation and animal species which the national park contains, geological formations of the Kure Mountains National Park are also remarkable. There are rich karst geological formations. Valla Canyon andIlgarini Cave are the most important of these formations, and and they are worth seeing. IlıcaWaterfall ,which has a natural pool below at a height of 15 meters, is another natural beauty which is worth seeing. 

Flora: It is possible to see natural forest ecosystems, degraded forest ecosystems, traditional agriculture ecosystem and river ecosystems in the  Kure Mountains National Park that stands at an important point with the ecosystem and habitat diversity. In addition, the canyon ecosystems and meadow in the forest ecosystems are also take place in the field of micro-ecosystems. Although there are 675 plant species determined in the National Park, the number of actual plant species existing is estimated to be more. Boxwood, hophornbeam, rowan, Turkish hazel, hornbeam, elder, maple, holly which are specific to the humid forests are located in the national park areas and the giant beech trees, 35- 50 meters long, has been protected as a monumental tree.

Fauna: In the region which has an important richness of wildlife, there are endangered animals such as lynx, otters, deer and roe deer. Also 129 bird species, members of 38 families with 46 endangered  are determined in the Kure Mountains National Park. The area contains 40 of the 132 mammal species in Turkey.