Great Meadow National Nature Park (Velykyi Luh)

Zaporozhye region

About park

Here you will walk the paths of Zaporozhian Cossacks and merchants, come across Cossack burials, Scythian burial mounds, limestone outcrops of the Sarmatian Sea, the remains of ancient adits, and traces of archaeological sites from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages.

 

The territory of the Great Meadow, which was flooded by the waters of Kakhovka Reservoir in the 1950s, was in the possession of the Zaporozhian Sich for a long time. It was here that, for the first time in Europe, artificial forests were created, which the Cossacks planted for military and defensive purposes.

 

You will be amazed by the landscapes of Kakhovka Reservoir with sandy beaches and unusual Dnipro steep slopes. Here virgin forests have been preserved – floodplain forests, the remains of the Kinska-Dnipro floodplains Great Meadow. They are home to the largest colonies of Ciconiiformes and Pelecaniformes for the entire floodplain of the lower Dnipro. Here you will see both the common crane (Grus grus) and the squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides). In total, the park is home to 119 species of rare animals.

 

In the floodplains, on the sandy islands of the Velyki and Mali Kuchuhury, areas of virgin floodplain forests have been preserved – outliers from the Betula borysthenica Klokov. There are 20 species of rare plants growing in the park. There is the unique Centaurea konkae among them, which can only be found here.

Site

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What to do

Biketour
Biketour
Trekking
Trekking
Rafting
Rafting
Fishing
Fishing
Birdwatching
Birdwatching
Photosafari (Meet the wild animals)
Photosafari (Meet the wild animals)
Cultural tour
Cultural tour
Events
Events
Swimming
Swimming
Campsites
Campsites
Eco-trails
Eco-trails
info

Area - 167.56 sq.km.

(16756 ha)


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5

travel routes

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5

educational trails

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75 km

length of routes

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5

sources

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3

ponds

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119

species of rare animals

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21

species of rare plants

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140

archaeological sites

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78

historical sites

Warning!

Velyki and Mali Kuchuhury Archipelagos, Maiachanska Balka Natural Landmark, and Bilozirske Natural Landmark are reserve areas of the park, which is a unique natural system. Access to the reserve area is restricted and is only possible for scientists and the state protection service of the park.

International statuses

How to get here

By train:

The nearest railway station is Tavriysk in Vasylivka

By car:

From Zaporizhia to the village of Skelky – 70 km (1 hour 20 minutes)

By bus:

From the cities of Zaporizhia, Dnipro, Vasylivka by bus to the city of Dniprorudne and the village of Skelki.

By plane:

Nearest airports: Zaporizhia International Airport.

Contacts


Dniprorudne town, Vasyliv district, Zaporizhzhia region, 3 Zelena Str.
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