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Trykraty Forest

Enjoy a wondrous lush maze amidst the arid Ukrainian steppe

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Trykratskyy Lis, or Trykraty Forest, is a beautiful gem in the arid climate of Mykolaiv Oblast in southern Ukraine. This manufactured oasis in the middle of steppe is famous for its unique flora and fauna, but most of all for its multiple paths, winding across the bridges over the Arbuzynka River. Hence, the 610 acres (247 ha) forest is also called a maze. But you won't get lost there, since all routes are marked up. An interesting fact about Trykratskyy Lis is it never sees a true winter—grass and flowers somehow manage to stay throughout the seasons. Still, we recommend visiting the forest in summer to behold all the greenery. After all, the period between April and September offers the most amiable weather.

Trykraty Forest was founded in the middle of the 19th century by Viktor Skarzhynskyi, a county and military veteran, whose main attempt was to impress his wife. Following the tips of local peasants, he planted his favorite oaks in the lowlands and acacias a bit higher so that the latter produced the shadows essential for other vegetation to survive droughts. Today, the forest boasts an alley of about 350 old oaks and also a birch grove. Besides, the area features 230 fruit trees, 370 acres (150 ha) of mulberry plantations, and 250 acres (100 ha) of vineyards. As a part of the Buzkyi Hard natural preserve, Trykratskyy Lis is also home to rich wildlife, including a colony of grey herons, bisons, wild boars, deer, fallow deer, and roe deer.

You can reach Trykraty Forest from Trykraty village. If you don't have a car, take a bus or cab from Voznesensk. The easiest way to get to Voznesensk is by train. At least two hours is essential to explore the forest maze with its springs, ponds, and miniature waterfalls. If you fancy legends and storytelling, we highly recommend taking a guide. Also, consider reserving two days to discover more wonderful places nearby, namely the canyons of Aktove, Arbuzynka, and Petropavlivka. Lastly, regarding your stay, you might opt for camping or book accommodations in the vicinity.

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