The Babiogorski National Park
The Babiogorski National Park was created in 1954, at the area, which at the time was part of the Cracovian region. It is located in southern Poland, in the Suski County and the Nowotarski County, by the Polish-Slovakian border.
In Zawoja – the location of the Park’s headquarters, the Educational Centre of the Babiogorski National Park was created. It presents the qualities of the Babia Gora nature in an accessible way.
The park was established on October 30th 1954 at the area of 16.37 square kilometers. The strict reserve contained 1049.89 hectares, and the partial reserve contained 624.89 hectares.
The setting of plant floors in the massif of Babia Gora is considered to be classical, kept in an almost natural state, although the alp floor known from high mountains cannot be found here. The Babia Gora fragments of the beech are some of the most beautiful beech forests in the Polish mountains. The oldest tree stands are the remainings of the ancient Carpathian forest, some of the
monumental individuals of beech and fir might be even 300 years old.
Among the richness of the plants of the Babia Gora National Park we must mention two species, which can be found nowhere else in Poland than in the Park. These two species are the alpine cornea and the deer trim, which is a symbol of the park.
Mushrooms on Babia Gora are present on all the plant floors, standing out with their richness, the diversity of forms and enhabited nest. The area of the Babia Gora National Park is also the home for many rare and interesting species of animals. Here you can see, among others, deers, foxes, hares, boars, as well as lynxes, badgers and otters.
The value of the Babia Gora National Park was appreciated internationally in 1977, when it was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.