Muránska planina National Park
|Muránska planina National Park
Národný park Muránska planina
Cigánka Mountain (935 m AMSL), north of the village of Muráň
|Area||203.18 km² (78.45 mi²)|
|Established||Declared in October 1997 and opened on 27 May 1998|
|Governing body||Správa Národného parku Muránska planina (Muránska Planina National Park Administration) in Revúca|
Muránska planina National Park (Slovak: Národný park Muránska planina) is one of the youngest national parks in Slovakia. It is situated in Central Slovakia, in the districts of Brezno and Revúca, in the Banská Bystrica Region. It protects the area of Muránska planina (Muráň Plateau), which is geologically part of the Slovenské rudohorie mountain range.
The National Park covers a total area of 203.18 km² (78.45 mi²), and its buffer zone covers 216.98 km² (83.78 mi²). The core of the park consists of the limestone and dolomite plateau with karst formations. The overall length of karst landscape from the settlement of Červená Skala (part of Šumiac) to the town of Tisovec is about 25 km.
There are more than 150 notable caves, which are inaccessible to the public. The highest point is Fabova hoľa at 1,439 m AMSL, however, a higher peak, Stolica at 1,476 m is located in the buffer zone.
Tourist attractions include 300 km of marked hiking trails and two educational trails. The best access to the park is through the surrounding villages and settlements, for example Muráň and Závadka nad Hronom.