Magura National Park

Magura National Park (Polish: Magurski Park Narodowy) is a National Park located in the south-east of Poland, close to Slovakia, on the boundary of Lesser Poland Voivodeship and Subcarpathian Voivodeship. It covers the main part of the upper basin of the Wisłoka river. When the Park was created in 1995 it covered 199.62 km2, although it is now only 194.39 km2 (75.05 sq mi), of which 185.31 km2 is forest.
 
The Park takes its name from the massif known as Magura Wątkowska, after Wątkowa, its highest peak. Magura is also the name of the second-highest peak of this massif.
 
Magura National Park’s landscape is typical of the Beskid Niski ridge and consists mainly of heavily forested low and medium peaks. Among geological curiosities the most important are the Diabli Kamień ("Devil’s Stone") and the Kornuty reserve. The main part of the park consists of the Magura Wątkowska massif, with its highest peak Wątkowa at 847 metres (2,779 ft) above sea level. Other significant hills are Magura (842 m), Wielka Góra (719 m) and Nad Tysowym (713 m).
 
The Wisłoka river and its tributaries are some of the most important elements of the park. The Wisłoka is a typical mountain river, which creates picturesque ravines and frequently changes its course.
 
Wildlife in the forest includes wolves, lynx, wild boar and bear, as well as red and roe deer, pine martens, wildcats, and around 23 species of bats. There are beavers and otters on the rivers.

There are many wildflower meadows along the roadsides and these are full of butterflies and other insects, and you may hear corncrakes. Bird-life also includes many shrikes, black redstarts, black and white storks, black woodpeckers, Ural and pygmy owls, eagles and nutcrackers.