National Khvalynsk Park, Khvalynsk

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Khvalynsky National Park encompasses a raised plateau of chalk hills of the Volga Uplands, covered in mixed oak-linden and conifer forests, along the west side of the Volga River. It is about 1,000 km north of the Caspian Sea, in Saratov Oblast overlooking the Saratov Reservoir. The northern end is about 10 km west of the city of Khvalynsk, and about 200 km northeast of Saratov on the Volga. About 25524ha in size, Khvalynsky is spread over three sections. The park was officially formed in 1994.TopographyThe park centers on the Khvalanskyaya ridge, a raised plateau that stretches along the west bank of the Volga River . Because the bedrock is primarily chalk and marl, the landform reflects extensive erosion out from the center of the ridge, with undulating and hilly terrain and numerous interconnected ravines and gullies. The varied landforms create many micro-climates and habitats. The highest mountain is 369 meters in altitude, and there are five other mountains over 250 meters in height. The mountains in the park are mostly covered with upland forest trees. The Volga reaches its greatest depths in the territory of the park.Over 90% of the park is forest land. There are numerous outcrops of exposed bedrock, and underground water that frequently comes to the surface in springs. Habitats include pine and watershed forests, small rivers and hollows, and various types of forest edge and steppe.ClimateThe climate is continental, with warm, dry summers and moderate winters. Winters last from late November to early April, with an average of 33 cm of snow.AnimalsBecause Khvalynsky borders many ecological zones - forest, semi-arid steppe, the Volga, mountain, meadows, and stream valleys - it has a complex variety of habitats. These varied habitats supports a large number of different plants and animals, many of which are rare or endangered. Small mammals are common, including hares, beavers, foxes, and wolves. Among reptiles are the common European adder (vipera berus), and indicator of complex habitat.
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  • Were very short-lived in the National Park. Struck by nature, silence and an abundance of snow. It is a pity that the walk trails National Park in winter is difficult, and we did not have vremenpi, but will definitely return yet — see the chalk mountains.
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  • Khvalynsk is beautiful in itself, but if you want to get closer to nature, then be sure to visit this place. Here you can and just have a good walk, but there are picnic zone.
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  • Khvalynsky National Park will help you relax the soul, restore health and regain vitality. Fresh forest air, clean sources of water, mushrooms, berries, and simple beauty of local nature fascinate. And what kinds of open, most for a photo shoot. Here it is worth arriving every weekend.
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