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Discover The Top Accessible Hiking Trails İstanbul Has To Offer

Planning a business trip to İstanbul? Set aside some time for an enchanting outdoor adventure. Trekking paths throughout İstanbul allow for “bleisure” travellers to unwind after meetings and for tourists to discover distinct natural landscapes. 

Natural Wonder of İstanbul: Belgrad Forest 

The Belgrad Forest in Sarıyer district is a convenient trail for nature lovers in İstanbul. Described as the “lungs of İstanbul,” the Belgrad Forest covers 5,300 hectares, offering naturally-shaded picnic areas and an abundance of paved hiking routes. The 6.5-kilometre long Neşet Suyu Trail is a favourite among runners and walkers.  

Belgrad Forest features the Bahçeköy Wildlife Production Station and ancient dykes, some of which were built during the Roman Empire period to carry water from northern forests to İstanbul.

Paradise Next to the City: Ballıkayalar 

Ballıkayalar Nature Park, only an hour’s drive from İstanbul in Tavşanlı village of Gebze, is a well-known marvel among nature lovers, rock climbers, and hikers. Located in a 2-kilometre valley with a meandering stream, the park offers easy to moderate hiking experiences. The valley’s lake, waterfalls, and travertine terraces leading to the Ballıkaya Stream offer spectacular views. Visitors will be sure to spot many of the park’s local inhabitants, including roe deer, wild rabbits, wild boars, moles, martens, and various bird species.

Hidden Treasure of Tekirdağ: Uçmakdere

Uçmakdere, located in the Şarköy district of Tekirdağ, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to venture deeper into the nature of İstanbul. The region is adorned with flourishing pine forests and offers breath-takingviews of Ganos (Işıklar) Mountain and the Marmara Sea. This surrounding landscape is known for its local village products, lifestyle, and culture, making it a popular route for cyclists, motorbike travellers, and campers.

Uçmakdere is well-known for its paragliding scene. Anyone can experience the thrill of paragliding 650 metres above Nişantepe, guided by experienced professionals. Şarköy, famous for its vineyards, also offers a variety of lovely Turkish wines.

Escape to Nature: Erikli Plateau 

Nestled in Yalova’s Çınarcık district, the Erikli Plateau stands out as another popular hiking destination close to İstanbul. The plateau, about a two-hour drive from Istanbul, features dense trails surrounded by apple, fir, linden, chestnut, and elm trees. While the trails in the area gently slope, providing a moderate rather than easy level of trekking, encountering a waterfall during your walk is a delightful reward. After exploring the Erikli Plateau, be sure to visit the region’s Teşvikiye City Forest, Double Waterfall, and two Bottomless Lakes.

After the Erikli Plateau, the Delmece Plateau is another well-known plateau in Yalova that is famous for camping.