Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls, Republic of Karelia

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Waterfall Wildlife Area
Home to a riotous array of plants, animals, and geological formations, Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls strives to protect an expanse of dense Northern European forest. Explore the reserve, which spans more than 10,800 hectares (26,687 acres), and observe the old-growth forest around you that includes swathes of pines more than two centuries old. Though this area was once shaped by several waterfalls, Soviet hydroelectric projects in 1936 reduced them to a single cascade. View the waterfall, which tumbles from a height of nearly 11 m (36 ft), and you'll be looking at the same waters that once inspired the poet Gavrila Derzhavin to pen one of Russia's most notable poems of the 18th century. To get a more in-depth look at the local ecosystem, join a guided excursion around the reserve's nature trails offered by the on-site museum. If you do so, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and proper outdoor gear. Put Kivach Reserve and Waterfalls on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kondopoga trip itinerary builder.
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  • I have seen reviews that say this is nothing special, but I disagree. I have seen many waterfalls that are taller, etc., but this one is pretty special since it is the largest non-mountain waterfall i...  more »
  • this place is awesome! i liked the waterfall and tree park. there is a lovely little museum of local natural lore.  more »
  • If you passing by its worth to stop there. But if you saw other waterfalls in the world they are not realy special. People try to make the place exhiting, so you can spend a while there beside visitin...  more »