About the reserve
Due to a mountain running and cycling competition "Balkan Run" thet will take place in the park section Kalofer of Central Balkan National Park, the Park Directorate will not agree movement of a motor vehicles on the roads Kalofer - Panitsite - peak Botev and Tabite - Pirovi livadi - Botev peak on the day of the competition.Read more >>
By order of the Director of Central Balkan National Park up to 25 tents are allowed for camping in the area of Ray chalet, on the territory of the Central Balkan National Park.Read more >>
Biodiversity Day 2021 is being celebrated under the slogan: "We're part of the solution for nature".Read more >>
The full text of the Draft Annual Plan for the Use of Medicinal Plants for 2021 in Bulgarian can be found here. All interested persons and organizations may submit written proposals and objections to the draft Plan by 14.06.2021, incl.Read more >>
The Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a schedule for conducting a procedure for random distribution of vacant pasture areas on the territory of the National ParkRead more >>
The marking represents two horizontal stripes - white and red. It is placed to be visible when entering the protected area.Read more >>
Rehabilitation activities are carried out within the Contract under the project "Restoration and protection of natural habitats and species in Central Balkan National Park", funded by the Operational Program "Environment 2014 - 2020".Read 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.