Biogradska Gora National Park and Bjelasica have one of the greenest forests in Montenegro. Spreads across an area of 5650 hectares.

In the very northeast of Montenegro, nearby Kolašin and one of the most famous ski resorts in the whole country,  surrounded by the scenic Tara and Lim rivers, you’ll find the captivating Biogradska Gora National Park. Nestled in the heart of Bjelasica Mountain, the park and the mountain offer a natural haven for visitors.

Thanks to King Nikola Petrović, this heaven-like biosphere has been under heavy protection since 1878, and later, in 1952. the forest officially became a national park. In 2018, the park came under UNESCO protection as well.

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Bjelasica, Photo Matěj Baťha, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Within the park, which spreads across 5650 hectares, besides beautiful nature filled with flora and fauna, you’ll encounter six enchanting glacial lakes, each with its unique charm. Among them are Lake Biograd, about which we’ve already discussed, as well as Pešića Lake, Big Ursulovacko Lake, Small Ursulovacko Lake, Big Šiško Lake, and Small Šiško Lake.

Lake Biograd is the biggest of them all and it is located at an altitude of 1094 meters. 

 

In addition to the beautiful lakes, the most significant segment of the Biogradska Gora National Park is the virgin forest reserve covering 1,600 hectares, strictly preserved. This area boasts one of the last remaining virgin forests in Europe, nestled in the valleys of Biograd and Jezerštica Rivers, and is renowned for its majestic maple trees.

Despite experiencing uncontrolled cutting in the past, particularly when the former state seized the forest and the lake from the Petrović dynasty, the forest has since been fully regenerated. The age of trees is estimated at over four centuries, some of which are over 40m tall.

 

Biogradska gora National Park, Photo: Pierre Merivier, CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED

 

Within the Biogradska Gora National Park, nature enthusiasts can explore 26 different plant habitats boasting 220 plant species, spot 150 bird species, encounter 10 mammal species, and marvel at 86 species of trees and shrubs. The waters are home to 3 species of trout and a diverse array of 350 insect species.

 

Biogradska gora National Park, Photo: Milica Buha, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

The area is popular for hiking, camping, and kayaking on Lake Biograd, and in the vicinity of Biogradska Gora National Park, you can enjoy various activities such as rafting on the Tara River. The entrance fee to the park which includes visits to the Visitor Center and Educational Trails is 4,00 € / per day/person, and renting a boat on Lake Biograd is 10,00 €. The park also offers various guided tours.

If you are planning to visit this charming park, please make sure that you leave only footprints.

 

 

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