Ilgaz Mountain National Park

Ilgaz Mountain National Park

Ilgaz Mountain, a very green area of Turkey, is full of natural beauty for nature lovers and amazes visitors with its allure.

Located in the provinces of Cankiri and Kastamonu in Turkey, Mount Ilgaz was declared as a national park in 1976. The areas covers 1118 hectares.

Ilgaz Mountain National Park

The northern slopes of the Ilgaz Mountain National Park are covered with a dense forest and dominated by coniferous trees, and is called "the sea of trees". The area has a diverse topography formed in part by geological formations. Larch, juniper, black pine, pine and fir trees cover much of the mountain. High annual rainfall makes the region rich in wildlife such as wild boar, roe deer, wolves, bears and foxes.

Mount Ilgaz is becoming a winter sports destination and has the nearest facilities to Ankara. Mount Ilgaz has three ski runs of 750, 1000, and 1500 meters long and two lifts with capacity for 700 skiers per hour. This place is ideal for those who are into skiing in winter. It makes Mount Ilgaz an optimal destination during winter months when snow depth reaches up to 3 meters.

Thousands of people every summer travel to this region to escape the hectic city life. In addition, there are all sorts of outdoor activities between trekking, hiking, climbing and horse-riding.