Mtirala National Park
Mtirala National Park is situated on the Adjara Mountain Range, where the Lesser Caucasus meets the Black Sea, and is one of the wettest parts of the country, with average annual precipitation of around 1,200 to 2,000 mm. Mtirala’s dense forests of chestnut and beech are home to roe dear, wild boar and brown bear and local bird species include the eagle owl, booted eagle and golden oriole. However, as one might expect in one of the most humid parts of the country, it is the amphibian life of the park that really steals the show: Caucasian salamander, Caucasian toad and Eurasian mash frog abound in Mtirala. Visitors can enjoy an exhilarating ride on a 200-meter zipline, as well as canyoning, horse riding and hiking. The Park’s visitor center is located in the village of Chakvistavi, where tourists will find accommodation options, as well as restaurants serving the local speciality – honey liquor.
In July 2021, the Mtirala National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands – along with three other protected areas (Kolkheti, Kobuleti and Kintrishi).