Tbilisi National Park

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Tbilisi National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Tbilisi national park from Mtskheta.jpg
Mountains in the western part of Tbilisi National Park, as seen from the north of Mtskheta
Map showing the location of Tbilisi National Park
Map showing the location of Tbilisi National Park
Location  Georgia
Nearest city Tbilisi, Mtskheta
Coordinates 41°52′N 44°56′E / 41.867°N 44.933°E / 41.867; 44.933Coordinates: 41°52′N 44°56′E / 41.867°N 44.933°E / 41.867; 44.933
Area 243 square kilometres (94 sq mi)
Established 1973

Tbilisi National Park is one of nine national parks in Georgia, located to the north of the city of Tbilisi. The historical town of Mtskheta lies right outside of the western boundary of the park. The national park was established in 1973 on the basis of the previously existed Saguramo National Reserve (established in 1946) and is the oldest national park in Georgia. The area of the park is 243 square kilometres (94 sq mi).[1]

The park is located on the slope of the Saguramolalno Range, east of the Aragvi River, and belongs to the drainage basin of the Kura. The highest point of the park is 1,385 metres (4,544 ft). The area of the park is mainly covered by trees and shrub of oak, hornbeam, and beech. The protected mammals in the park include red deer, lynx, Eurasian brown bear, red fox, and jackal.[1][2]

The paved road connecting Tbilisi and Tianeti crosses the central part of the park, traversing the Saguramolalno Range. A stretch of the Tbilisi bypass highway runs along the southwestern border of the park.

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  1. ^ a b Elizbarashvili, Nodar; Kupatadze, Bondo (2011). 100 sights of Georgia. Tbilisi: Publishing house Clio. p. 7. ISBN 978-9941-415-33-3. 
  2. ^ Сагурамский заповедник. Great Soviet Encyclopedia.