The nature of Russia is unique in its diversity in the world. Many ecological routes have long and deservedly been popular with tourists; they run through famous reserves and national parks. But there are other interesting places where not every traveler has set foot, eager to admire the beauty of his native country.
The not yet most famous tourist attractions include the Stone Bowl in the Samara Region, the Sarykum dunes with their “Wise Turtle Trail” and the Onega Pomorie National Park, which has a pedestrian route “To the inhabitants of pine trees. spruce forests ". All three are unique and deserve the close attention of their future guests.
A white-stone chapel was built not far from the spring. Further, the trail leads to the Bear grotto, also called the Bolshoi Shiryaevsky grotto. This is a small limestone cave, washed out in time immemorial by soil waters. The flora of the Stone Bowl deserves special attention, represented by relict ferns, lyes, mosses and other rare species that have been living on our planet for hundreds of millions of years. Probably, every sincere connoisseur of nature should visit this place.
For visitors, including people with disabilities, the reserve has created the most favorable conditions. Guests have where to comfortably spend the night, they can visit the museum, the observation deck and secretly observe the unique fauna characteristic of the nature of these places.
The reserve, along which the "Wise Turtle's Trail" runs, is recognized as a territory of international importance due to the rarest species of birds nesting in it.
An ecotourist can go north to the coast of the White Sea. Here, on the territory of the Onega Pomorie National Park, there is an ecological trail “To the inhabitants of pine-spruce forests”, which was opened for visitors and equipped in 2015. The length of the hiking trail is nine kilometers. Its name reflects the richness of the animal world inhabiting the northern region. In winter, traces of many animals are visible in the snow - wolves, lynxes, foxes, martens, hares, squirrels, ermines, otters. An attentive observer will see them themselves if they behave quietly enough. The forest is inhabited by loons, ducks, blackbirds, crossbills, robins, tap dancers and other birds, including rare ones.
Lake Paranino, in the middle of which there is an island, is of great interest among tourists. It is possible to reach it by boat or raft in summer, and walk on ice in winter. And this path will not be done in vain. Not scared by anyone on this piece of sushi, moose eagerly accept a treat at the feeding ground. A small hut was also built there, in which hospitable zoologists live and work, who allow tourists, if there is such a desire, to stay overnight.
Eco-trails are a new way to comfortably walk through the forest and see all natural attractions in one walk. The length of such trails is usually specially calculated so as not to get tired, and along the trails there are often special gazebos and benches for resting.
In recent years, more and more eco-trails have appeared around St. Petersburg, located both in the forest and along the bay, and in swamps, and on natural heights. Below is an overview of the most successful routes in different parts of the Leningrad Region. All trails are free to enter.
The Komarovsky Bereg eco-trail was the first in the Leningrad Region. A small route is 2.8 kilometers through the forest with access to the Gulf of Finland. On the way, you will meet large anthills, wooden bridges, gazebos and ponds. Information signs will tell you about the local plant and animal species.
Suitable for lovers of atmospheric and non-tiring walks in the forest. Since the trail is relatively short, you can then walk along the bay.
Coordinates: 60.79512, 29.00189
How to get there: by train to Komarovo station or by bus # 211.
The ecotrail in Sestroretsk became an excellent opportunity to walk around the swampy reserve, because without a wooden flooring, some places were difficult to pass. Its length is about 2 kilometers.
Along the way there will be information boards about local plants and animals, rare species of birds and snakes can be found here.
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