Bory Tucholskie National Park

Bory Tucholskie National Park is located in the northern part of the country in the Pomeranian Voivodeship within the Tuchola Forest; which is the largest woodland area in Poland.

The park was created on 1 July 1996 and covers an area of 46.13 sq km consisting of forests, meadows, lakes, inland dunes and peatlands. The park forms the core of the Tuchola Forest Biosphere Reserve, designated by UNESCO in 2010.

The forested areas are predominantly pine trees and yews and the local wildlife includes deer, wild boar and wolves.

Within the park, there are 21 glacial lakes with crystal-clear waters; which are home to around 25 species of fish and European beavers.

Bory Tucholskie National Park is a haven for birds, at the last count 144 species were found including crane and eagle owl. The park is also home to several species of bats.

In the Park you can find rare species of plants, such as sundew or clubmoss in addition to over 300 species of fungi. There’s also a few gems to discover such as the 600-year old oak tree named Bartuś; which is located by Lake Płęsno and has a circumference of 608 cm.

Among the area's attractions are the Stone Circles in Odry, along the Wda, constructed ca. 1st to 3rd century AD. The circles have diameters of 15 to 33 metres, and their interior is covered with stone pebbles, under which graves can be found.

The national park is very popular with tourists, particularly those who enjoy agrotourism, kayaking, inland yachting, cycling and hiking.

Lake Charzykowy is popular with sailors and provides good yachting conditions in summer and winter. The lake is the second biggest body of water in Bory Tucholskie covering an area of 1363,8 ha and is around 30 meters deep. The lake’s shoreline is inhabited by cranes, herons, cormorants and grebes.

Within the park, there are three educational paths with a total length of 16.4 km in addition to five hiking trails with a total length of 45.6 km. There are also trails for horse riders and mountain bikers.

Around 7% of the park is under strict protection and 91% is under partial protection leaving just 2% where any kind of business activities are permitted.