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Magura National Park

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The Magura National Park is a relatively young national park and was only established in 1994. In terms of area is one of the smallest in Poland, and 95% of its area is covered by forest. Its location in the central part of the Lower Beskid Mountain range has made this park a link between the East and the Western Carpathian Mountains.

The total area of the Magura National park is 19400ha. The Magura National Park is home to nearly 800 species of plants and almost 200 species of animals (excluding insects). Among the 800 species of plants, there are 59 species that are completely protected, and 12 have been entered into the Polish Red Book of Plants (Book of endangered species in Poland).

The wildlife that is most specific to The Magura National Park is the large number of birds that are represented. There are 160 species of birds, and a very large number of this population is birds of prey. Including the Small spotted eagle, which is included on the list of animals threatened with extinction. Another interesting group of birds is the owls. Poland in general has nine species of owls, of which 8 can be found in The Magura National Park. Among the most endangered mammal, species is a wild cat and recently there has also been documented the presence of a moose in the park, and this is unique in this area and quite surprising.

The Magura National Park includes approximately 75km of marked walking trails, which often continue in the areas surrounding the park. In addition to the walking trails, there are furthermore established educational paths for those who would like to experience and learn as much as possible without having to walk too far to be surrounded by nature. In addition to walking trails, there are also biking and horse riding trails. In general, the terrain, with gentle slopes and relatively small hills is very friendly to the average tourists and does not require a great physical condition.

The Magura National Park and its buffer zones are also an interesting area in terms of cultural and historical significance. As a Polish-Slovak border region, this area has been the site of penetration for the cultures from many nations in the past. You can still feel it today by visiting the beautifully preserved churches, such as the Krempnej, Bartnym or Pielgrzymce.

Location and Other Attractions in the Area

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The Magura National Park is located in the far eastern part of Małopolska close to the town of Biecz and can be reached by taken road number 28 east from Nowy Sącz.

Distances to the Magura National Park from:

Krakow:125km (Rabka)
Zakopane:152km (Nowy Targ)
Oświęcim:182km (Rabka)

 

The Magura National Park website

 

Amateur archaeologists may be interested in the remains of the settlement Brzezowa. According to historians, it was part of a chain of medieval settlements in this area. To this day, you can admire the remains, which are at the foot of the hill Malik Magura Wątkowska.

When following the trails, or just walking along any of the nearby roads, you can find numerous roadside crosses and small chapels. These provide strong evidence of the religious beliefs of the local population. Many of the churches as well as roadside crosses are the legacy of the ethnic group called Łemkami that settled in this region in the medieval times.

Admission fees into the Magura National Park are charged from 1 May to 31 October:

  • Normal - 4.00 zł
  • Reduced - 2.00 zł

Four day Pass for the Magura National Park

  • Normal - 12 zł
  • Reduced -6.00zł

 

To qualify for reduced fees of admission to the park trails, you will need a valid identity card that makes you eligible for one of the follow option: Students (up to 26 years), pensioners, disabled people and soldiers in active service.

The following groups are exempt from paying fees:

  • Children under 7.
  • People who have been authorized by the Director of the National Park to conduct research in the field of nature conservation.
  • Pupils and students engaged in teaching in a national park in the field, agreed with the director of the national park.
  • Residents of municipalities Krempna, New Żmigród, Dukla, Osiek Jasielski, Dębowiec, Lipinki, Sękowa with proof of identity.

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