Located just 17 miles (28 km) away from the city, Mtirala National Park
covers 38,790 acres (15,698 hectares) of land between the Black Sea and the Adjara Mountains. You can explore sweet chestnut and oriental beech wood forests, and hike up the two trails to experience Georgia’s breathtaking landscapes.Mtirala
in Georgian means “crying.” The area got its name from the 178 inches (4,520 mm) of rainfall the park gets annually, making it the wettest area in post-Soviet countries. Tsablnari (Chestnut Forest) trail is a 4.3 mile (7km) trek that rises from 869 feet (265 m) above sea level to 1,450 feet (442 m). The trail leads to the waterfall and the lake. The waterfall is covered with Colchic box trees and ivy. And if you happen to like the area, you can camp here or even have a picnic near the designated fire pits.
There’s another two-day trail in the park that takes you 4,101 ft (1,250 m) above sea level. This trail is great for exploring flora, watching roe deer, and running across signs of brown bear, martens, and chamois (goat-antelope). There’s a shelter on the trail that has picnic spots, restrooms, fire pits, and room to accommodate eight hikers overnight.