|Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Area||174.85 km² (67.5 mi²)|
|Established||28 December 1973|
|Governing body||Správa CHKO Vihorlat (Vihorlat PLA administration) in Michalovce|
Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area (Slovak: Chránená krajinná oblasť Vihorlat) is one of 14 protected landscape areas in Slovakia. The Landscape Area is in the middle part of the Vihorlatské vrchy mountains, in eastern Slovakia. It is in the Humenné, Sobrance and Snina districts.
The park was created on 28 December 1973 and the law creating it was amended on 19 April 1999.
Geography, geology and biology
The area of the Vihorlat Mountains is of volcanic origin. Beech, oak, ash, maple, and fir trees are most common in Vihorlat. The area contains about 2,000 species of invertebrates and 100 species of birds. Notable species include Eurasian lynx, wildcat, gray wolf, otter, black stork, Ural owl, lesser spotted eagle, and Eurasian eagle-owl. A curiosity in the park is the Morské oko (literally 'Sea Eye') Lake.
Vihorlat in winter, in the background High Tatras
View of Morské oko from Sninský kameň
Morské oko and peak Sninský kameň
Morské oko in May
- "Správa CHKO Vihorlat (in Slovak)". Štátna ochrana prírody SR. n.d. Retrieved May 24, 2007.