Golcuk Nature Park: A Little Escapade from City’s Crowd Amid Coronavirus

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We all stuck in our homes due to coronavirus. The year 2020 has given us nothing, but lockdowns, social distance, obligations for “staying home”, and longing for our beloved ones. So, no need to tell how hard this year was and we will all want to forget and keep moving with new hopes and expectations in 2021. But somehow, if you are in Turkey and you are a foreigner, then you are lockdown-free. That is to say, to leave 2020 behind, and make a stunning beginning to the new year, Golcuk Nature Park is what you are seeking!

A winter view of Bolu Golcuk Nature Park
A winter view of Bolu Golcuk Nature Park

This fairy-tale beauty in Turkey’s Bolu province offers more than you can imagine. It offers more than any of you can ever expect. With its central location and magical beauty, Golcuk Nature Park is an untouched and not-so-popular (Thank God!) natural treasure. For a little escapade from the city’s crowd and people amid Covid-19, it is a perfect spot. And especially, during the winter, as the number of visitors lessens, you can be all alone. Moreover, you can take a long walk in the jungle. You can enjoy the amazing view of the lake. In private areas, you can set a fire and make a barbecue. And most importantly, with a bottle of fine, you can make this short trip even more unforgettable…

The lake and the area is a popular spot for both local and international tourists
The lake and the area is a popular spot for both local and international tourists

Golcuk Nature Park: Another Heaven on Earth in Turkey

Among many nature parks in Turkey, the one in Bolu’s Golcuk district is another magical one. The nature park has incredible beauty and what’s more, it is perfectly well-preserved. It is an artificially built lake in 13 kilometers south of Bolu city center. The surface of the lake, which is 1217 meters high, is 4.5 hectares. Furthermore, its circumference is approximately 1300 meters. Pine, fir, beech, hornbeam, and mixed species of trees surround the lake. And so, it has a magnificent view in all seasons.

State Guest House welcomes formal protocols
State Guest House welcomes formal protocols

A Perfect Spot for the Weekend

The extraordinary beauty of nature also surrounds the area. On the edge of the lake, there is a cute building that is the “State Guesthouse” of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Apart from this facility, there is a restaurant, country restaurant, cafeteria, buffet, masjid, and bungalow type accommodation facilities around the lake. The lake and its surroundings are under protection by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The reason for the protection is because it is a “Nature Park”. The environment of this very cute and small lake is not accessible by car. Therefore, if you desire to explore more the surrounding, you need to walk through the jungle, which is a perfect destination to do that.

A picture of the lake from the sky
A picture of the lake from the sky

Golcuk Nature Park and Its Value as a Touristic Point

Golcuk Nature Park is one of the most important touristic centers of Bolu. Visitors flood to the lake to visit, see, relax, take photos, sport angling, a bicycle tour, and picnic at certain times of the year. Though it is much easier to reach the park, it is better to go there at these times of the year as there are fewer people and visitors.

Golcuk Nature Park in summer
Golcuk Nature Park in summer

Entrance Fees of The Golcuk Nature Park

The current fees of the lake are below:

  • Individual Fee: 7 TL (less than 1 €)
  • If you go by your private car, then it costs 20 TL (less than 3 €)

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