The Gorce National Park was established in 1981 and covers an area of the central and north-eastern part of the Gorce Mountain Range. In terms of volume the Gorce National Park is still in 17th place among Poland’s 23 National parks. Its area is slightly more than 7000ha. The greatest natural resource of the Carpathian Mountains is forest, where trees can live to a mature age, and the natural regrowth rate is very good making the area well populated with a variety of vegetation.
Specific to the landscape of the Gorce National Park are the high-altitude clearings that are a remnant of the pastoral activity that has been present in these mountains. In the spring, they bear beautiful carpets of crocuses, delighting all with their delicacy and charm. When walking in the Gorce Mountains you can come across "nestled" little cabins falling into decay, once these little charming cabins were used by local shepherds living in the mountains while caring for their sheep, but now are just forming part of the charming landscape. When wandering in the higher ranges of the Gorce Mountains, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Tatras, Pieniny, Beskid Sadecki, and even the Babia Gora mountains.
The Gorce National Park, consists of three types of protected area's: Strict (about 3 600ha of the park), active (more than 2 800ha) and landscape (about 530ha). In addition, since 1997, the park has been surrounded by a protective zone or buffer zone, an area of more than 16 000ha.
The Gorce National Park has been included in “Natura 2000," mainly due to the presence of rare species of birds. Soon, the park and its buffer zone will also be included as a part of the Special Area of Conservation Habitat, which has been called "Mainstay Gorczańska”
Due such a wide variety of landscape and the large forest areas in the Gorce National Park, you can observe many interesting species of plants and animals. In the Gorce mountains there has been confirmed the presence of more than 900 vascular plant species, 25 mosses, 450 grade and 116 lichens and liverworts. Over 85% of these species are only found in the Gorce National Park.
The Gorce Mountains are covered by 95% forest, and this is essential, for the inhabitant wild life that lives in the park, such as wild boar, deer, roe deer, otter, badgers and stoats. Of the 185 species of vertebrates that live in the area of Gorce National Park, 21 of these are registered in the Polish Red Book (endangered species in Poland). These include: Carpathian newt, Black grouse, White-backed woodpecker, Three-toed woodpecker, Capercaillie, Golden eagle, Eagle owl, Doormouse, Scotoma, Brown bear, Dewberry, Lynx, Wolfs and Wild cats. In the Gorce national Park, there are as many as 130 different species of birds, among them as many as 100 nests in the park.
In addition to vertebrates, there are more than 1,000 species of invertebrates, including 23 endemic species occurring only in this area.
Location and Other Attractions in the Area
The Gorce Mountain range runs from Nowy Targ to Krościenko, the most common points to enter this mountain rage is from Rabka, Nowy Targ, Northern banks of the Czorsztynski Lake and Krościenko.
Distances to the Gorce National Park from:
Zakopane:20km (Nowy Targ)
Other Attractions in the area:
The Dunajec River rafting, this is one of the most famous attractions in Poland. This attraction is not located in the Gorce, but is close by. Read more...
The Family Theme Park in Rabka - Rabkoland is the biggest amusement park in Malopolska, and a place for the entire family to enjoy. Read more...
Nowy Targ or New Market is famous for its markets that are held here twice a week, being one of the largest outdoor markets in Poland. Read more....
The Rope park in Kluszkowce along with the winter and summer activity center, based in Kluszkowce on the northern bank of the Czorsztynski lake. Read more...
The Gorce Mountains may not be as popular as the Tatra’s and the Pieniny Mountains, but this fact is seen as a great positive by many. The Gorce National Park is still in many respects wild and mysterious, and the crowds of tourists who flock to the more popular mountains, have not thoughtlessly degraded the natural beauty and richness of the Groce Mountains. The Gorce Mountain range is a place for connoisseurs, people who seek peace and quiet, who want to feel lost among nature. To experience this you can walk along any one of the hiking trails where you can feel alone and in touch with nature. Among these are hiking, trekking, cycling, horse riding and skiing trails. Especially noteworthy are the walking trails, designed for family tourism. They are developed for a less strenuous approach, and yet allow for close contact with the nature in the park. In addition, the park has created a network of 10 trails, where you won’t only be delighted by the beauty of the local nature, but also be familiarized with the culture and history of this region.
The Gorce National Parks whole area is located in the Malopolska province and within the two districts of Nowy Targ and Limanowa.
Most areas within the Gorce National Park are open for tourists without any charges, there are however a few areas that require payment.
These routes are:
a) the stream valley trail on the section Hucisko - Olszowy Potok,
b) the trail in the valley of the river Hucisko - Poręba Górna,
c) the blue trail on the section river Hucisko - Czoło Turbacza,
d) the green trail on the section Polana Tobołów - Obidowiec,
e) the nature trails: "Dolina potoku Turbacz" "Na Turbaczyk" "Wokół doliny Poręby".
Fees are collected in the period from 1 May to 30 October and are as follows:
10-day normal Ticket:
* Eligible for reduced fees are school children and students, pensioners, the disabled and active-duty soldiers.
The fees are exempt for: Children under the age of 7 years, people who are authorized by the Director of the Park to conduct scientific research in the field of nature conservation, schools and students holding classes in a national park in the field agreed with the Director of the Park and people going to places of worship.