Stenshuvud National Park

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Stenshuvud National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Stenshuvud från Baskemölla.jpg
Location Skåne County, Sweden
Coordinates 55°40′N 14°16′E / 55.667°N 14.267°E / 55.667; 14.267Coordinates: 55°40′N 14°16′E / 55.667°N 14.267°E / 55.667; 14.267
Area 3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi)[1]
Established 1986[1]
Governing body Naturvårdsverket

Stenshuvud is a hill in the southeastern corner of Sweden, in the province of Skåne, close to Kivik in Simrishamn Municipality. Since 1986, it is one of the National parks of Sweden. The park covers an area of about 3.9 km².

The hill is 97 metres high and faces the Baltic Sea. Since the surrounding landscape is relatively flat, it can be seen from a great distance and has traditionally been used as a landmark for seafarers. Many visitors trek up the hill to enjoy the view which is very good in clear weather.

Most of the area is covered with broadleaf forest, especially European hornbeam. The park also contains heaths, meadows and swamps. Because of the mild climate and varied habitats, many different animal and plant species can be encountered in the park. The park contains unusual Swedish wildlife such as the hazel dormouse, golden oriole, European tree frog and agile frog. There are about 600 vascular plant species, including several types of orchids and the very rare barren strawberry.

Below the hill there is a popular swimming beach. Close to the top one can find the remains of a ruin of a 5th- or 6th-century fortress.

According to local folklore, the hill got its name (Sten's head) from a giant living in the cave Giddastuan.

At the north of the hill you will find the arboretum of Hällevik

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