About the reserve
The plan outlines the procedures for determining the quantities of medicinal plant resources allowed for collection. The quantities are provided in order to ensure environmentally-friendly livelihoods of the population through successful practices to ensure timely implementation of the seasonal campaign for the use of medicinal plants, creating conditions for the development of environmentally friendly livelihoods of the local population.Read more >>
The first locality was discovered last year in Tazha Park section by a park employee. During this year's monitoring of the brown bear, experts from the Park Directorate discovered a second locality - in Stara Reka Reserve, Karlovo Park section.Read more >>
On 04.06.2020 an administrative contract was concluded for granting financial aid between the Managing Authority of the Operational Program Good Governance and Central Balkan National Park Directorate for the training of its employees.Read more >>
The text is available only in Bulgarian.Read more >>
Employees of the Central Balkan National Park afforested part of the areas in the Troyan Park section as a measure against erosion in the protected area.Read more >>
The full text of the Draft Annual Plan for the Use of Medicinal Plants for 2020 in Bulgarian can be found at www.centralbalkan.bgRead more >>
The movement, stay and parking of motor vehicles on the road Beklemeto locality - Dermanka hut is prohibited in connection with the implementation of Contract №97 MB 6/02.08.2019. Protection of treeless natural habitats through repair and restoration of the road Beklemeto locality - Dermenka hut.Read more >>
Based on an Order of the Minister of Health for organization of personal visits in all national parks, nature parks, mountains, and other places with park environment, outside the settlements on the territory of the municipalities, it is obligatory to observe certain rules.Read more >>
Due to the crizis situation the deadline for submission of offers for the public tenders started after 13th of March 2020 is extended.Read more >>
Due to the crizis situation the deadline for submission of applications for grazing is extended.Read more >>
Functioning of the administrative services at the Central Balkan National Park Directorate in connection with the state of emergencyRead more >>
Steneto Reserve was designated on April 5, 1979. With an area of 3,578.8 hectares, it is the second largest Reserve in the Central Balkan National Park (next to Djendema). It is located near the Cherni Ossam River source, in the Troyan section of the Balkan Mountains. Part of the reserve lies on the southern slopes of the Central Balkan Ridge, comprising the localities of Ibche Dere, Kasiyat Chamlak, Djafar Dere, and Kobilin Dol. The Reserve was created specifically to preserve the pristine magnificence of the Steneto Gorge. It is also included in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program.
Steneto Reserve boasts the largest diversity of bird species in the Balkans and is home to some of the rarest winged creatures: the booted eagle, golden eagle, hobby, eagle owl, rock partridge, Ural owl, pygmy owl, Tengmaum’s owl, and most of the woodpecker species known in Bulgaria. The Kumanitsa and Suhata Reka River canyons provide a safe haven to mammalian species such as bear, red deer, roe, Balkan chamois, and otter.
The forests primarily contain beech (average age: 250 years) and spruce. Other tree species within the Steneto Reserve include hornbeam, fir, sycamore, and Norway maple. The Reserve is home to over 1,000 species of plants, about one-third of the entire Bulgarian fauna. Among them are some rare and endangered species: yew, savin juniper, and laurelcherry.
The karst terrain is dotted with numerous caves including Kumanitsa, one of the longest underwater caves in Bulgaria (1,656 meters), and Raichova Dupka (337 meters), the deepest precipice cave in the country.