Length ‒ 2500m
Duration of hiking ‒ 3 hours
Altitude (a.s.l.) ‒ from 550 to 650 m
Trail is marked. Marking colors: two horizontal white stripes with a blue one in the middle.
Nature-discovery trail "The Oldest Tree" acquaints visitors with a unique beauty of wilderness, namely with beech virgin forests. Visiting the trail tourists can observe fascinating sceneries of Yaremche town, diversity of flora and fauna, and mountain relief.
The trail starts at the checkpoint "Makovytsia Mountain Trail" opposite the "Hutsulshchyna" restaurant.
Tourists walk up the stone trail and penetrate into mixed beech, spruce and fir forest.
Traces of World War I and World War II trenches can be seen along the route.
There are viewing platforms along the trail where tourists can observe picturesque suburbs of Yaremche.
Plants are represented by grassy vegetation, mosses and lichens. In summer visitors can find some bilberry and blackberry.
Inhabitants of virgin forests are animals which feed on the beech tree. They are wild boar, fieldmouse and jay. Fire salamander, Carpathian newt, roe deer and red deer also live there.
At a distance of 1500 m from the start the trail is divided. Different directions are marked at the direction sign. Further the road leads straight to Makovytsia trail. If you turn to the right you can turn to Dovbush Trail and if you turn to the left you can reach the oldest tree.
After turning left, Tourists enter into the world of virgin beech forests. Walking between old trees you can learn about the process of self-recovery, as well as how trees grow.
A virgin forest is an old-growth forest that has attained several hundred or thousand years of age without significant disturbance and thereby exhibits unique ecological features. There are many old-growth trees here. Many of them have reached the age of 150 years, and a others are over 200 years old! After recovering yourself by the oldest beech tree, you can move further among beech forests.
Makovytsia Mountain Trail
Don’t forget to adhere to regulations of personal safety. DO NOT:
1. step off the trail
2. damage or remove natural objects, including picking flowers and gathering firewood
3. make a fire outside designated areas
5. disturb or harm wildlife
7. carry firearms
May – October: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults 30,00 UAH
Children 15,00 UAH
Visitor fees are used to:
- improve the infrastructure of trails and rest areas
- produce information boards and signs
- produce printed materials and maps
- waste removal
- salaries for park staff who maintain the national park and trails
Have a nice time!!!