Due to a third identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the diseaseRead more >>
Due to the deterioration of the technical condition and the possible threat to the life and health of the visitors of the Central Balkan National Park the use of the observation tower in the area of Shalya Peak (part of the Tsarichina ecotrail) is temporarily suspended.Read more >>
Due to a second identified case of the disease African swine fever has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the diseaseRead more >>
With an Order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, within the affected from the disease African swine fever areas (subarea A) has begun the implementation of measures for the prevention and eradication of the disease.Read more >>
National student competition "Ambassadors for Health" for projects, aimed at the restriction of smoking, alcohol abuse, healthy eating, and exercising.Read more >>
The event was part of a donation campaign by Raiffeisenbank for placing feeders and birdhouses in schools and kindergartens within the Central Balkan Biosphere reserve.Read more >>
The Ministry of Environment and Water announces a photo competition with the theme "I love the Nature in four seasons".Read more >>
The present-day mountain relief in Central Balkan National Park is the product of mighty geological processes, refined over millennia by water and wind. Rounded ridges and high peaks alternate with deep canyons, vertical rock faces and caves. The Balkan Range is the central structural mountain strip in the Balkan Peninsula. It is made up of several basic types of rock, most commonly southern Bulgarian granites, sandstone, crystalline schists, etc. At altitudes over 1,800 meters above sea level there is some evidence of glacier activity in the geological past.
Mountain cliffs and rocky landscapes occupy about 2,000 hectares (3% of the entire Park territory). Among the more original natural formations are Skalniya Most (the Rock Bridge), Markovata Dupka (Mark’s Hile) and the spindly vertical Kalchovi Kamani stone pillars. In the Park is located the unique Djendemite (literally: the Hells) rock complex combining centuries-old forests, vertical rock faces, and a mighty strip of exposed rock, that is one of a kind in Bulgaria. Another unique formation is the system of gorges and canyons that comprises the narrow valley of the river Stara Reka, the canyon of the Cherni Osam river, the valleys of the rivers Sokolna and Byala.
Though karst bedrock accounts for a relatively small part of the protected area, it is the scene of many deep caves and precipices. Remarkable for its bottomless caves is Steneto Reserve, where Raichova Dupka, the deepest precipice cave in Bulgarian (377 m. in depth, 3,333 m. combined length of all galleries) is located; also here is Kumanitsa, the longest flooded cave in Central Balkan (1,656 m. explored length, average outflow of the underground river 600 liters per second).
The caves and canyons, the rock faces and cliffs are inhabited by six species of bats endangered on a world scale, by a number of petrophilic birds, and by various rare and beautiful plants.