Enthusiasts who crave contact with nature are welcome to visit the two National Parks located in Pomerania. Feel like taking a walk on shifting sand dunes by the coast of the Baltic? Fancy visiting some lakes situated right by the coast, flooded with sea water from time to time? These and many other peculiarities are just waiting to be discovered in the Słowiński National Park. The second National Park in Pomerania is the Tuchola Forest (Bory Tucholskie), that will enrapture you with the multitude of diverse relict plants from the glacial- and post-glacial eras, and dotted with amazing lobelia lakes, enchanting you with their scenic landscapes.
Tuchola Forest National Park
Tuchola Forest (Bory Tucholskie) is one of the three newest national parks in Poland.It was created in 1996 and covers an area of over 4.5 thousand hectares in the southern part of Kashubia.
The area of the park encompasses the former foreland of a melting glacier, thus its landscape is dominated by outwash, sandy plains and glacial troughs which often form elongated lakes. Ostrowite Lake is the largest among them. Part of the ribbon Charzykowskie Lake is also located in the area of the park, being one of the most important locations on the Polish map for sailors. Some of the 21 lakes located within the park, all interconnected by watercourses, create the so-called 'Brook of Eight Lakes'. A characteristic feature of the park is the presence of inland dunes, which form one of the largest concentration of objects of this type in Poland. The local flora also shows a great diversity, with dominant pine forests growing on dry soils. Swamp habitats can be found as well, with rare plant species which are considered relics of the glacial retreat from the area of today's Tuchola Forest. The fauna of the park is equally varied, including animals typical for our climate zone, plus rare species such as wolves, black storks, wood grouses and black grouses. With a little bit of luck, it is also possible to see a falcon soaring over tree tops. In addition, the area of the park is home to monuments of culture, with a prevalence of human settlements with preserved historic arrangement. Two bicycle and five pedestrian routes, as well as three educational trails run through the park.