Ankara – Soğuksu National Park

Location: The Soguksu National Park is in Kizilcahamam, in the province of Ankara.

Transportation: The park can be accessed via the Ankara - Istanbul highway. It is 78km from Ankara, and 2km from Kizilcahamam, a district famous for its thermal springs.

Highlights: The area, which lies between the dense forest areas of northern Anatolia and the Central Anatolian steppes, has a geomorphologic structure consisting of planes in between small valleys and streams, which opens to two main valleys. The main elements of the geological structure are basalt and tuff.

The forest ecosystem contains black pines, Scotch pines, oaks and poplars, which retain their natural appearance, and is full of sub-flora species. Wild boars, bears, wolves, foxes, deer, martins and vultures are the main species of animals and birds inhabiting the area.

Outside the national park, there are partridge and pheasant production farms managed by the park directorate. In the production stations there are different partridge species, falcon, pheasant, and quail.

Facilities: The park is a good located for nature walks, trekking and mountaineering. Facilities include a hotel, an administrative building, guest-house, cafe, spring water production area, buffet, museum and open-air theatre. It is also possible to stay in tents, caravans, or bungalows.


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