Author(s): Salih B?R?NC?? Mehmet ZAMAN?? ?hsan BULUT
Natural areas which are prominent with their flora and fauna where community can take a rest or have fun are expressed as nature park. The areas which gave such features are taken under protection in our country and in the world and are opened for tourism. Among the areas taken under protection in Turkey in different statues, nature parks are prominent. In this study the recreation potential of Limni Lake which was announced as nature park by Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs Nature Protection and National Parks General Directorate in 2011 according to method developed by Gülez (1990). According to the method negative factors affecting the area were removed from the total of the landscape value, climate value, accessibility and recreative easinesses of the park area in order to calculate the recreation potential of the park. The nature park located in Zigana village of Torul district of Gümü?hane province is 40km away from Gümü?hane city center and 65km away from Trabzon province. The existence of facilities in the park area (where visitors can stay and fulfill their daily requirements) which has alternative attractions other than its lake such as natural flora, wild life, rural residences and plateau settlements increase the recreation potential of the natural park. Besides Zigana Winter Sports Center allowing grass skiing in summer and also providing camp and caravan tourism and many sportive activities such as photo-safari contributes to recreation potential of the natural park and its surrounding.
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