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Samarskaya Luka national park photo

Samarskaya Luka National Park (reserve) is in the immediate vicinity of the city of Samara. It acquired its name from a big bend of the river Volga, which it makes near Samara. This river bend begins near the city of Togliatti and ends at the village Perevoloki, where the neck between the two riverbeds is only 2 kilometers.

Within the bend of the river Volga is the territory of 150 thousand hectares. In the 80th of the past century all this territory was declared a reserve. Most part of the Samarskaya Luka is wooded steppe with low hills, which may be interesting only for specialists in ornithology and zoology. The most interesting places of Samarskaya Luka are the Zhigulevsk Mountains. It is there that one can see the abandoned tunnels, where limestone was mined in the 19 century, and the most picturesque landscapes.

The easiest and most interesting way to visit the Zhigulevsk Mountains at the Samarskaya Luka is a trip to the village Shiryaevo. Having crossed the dam of the Volga GES (hydroelectric power station), you should turn to the left and go along the bank of the Volga. In the environs of Shiryaevo you can ascend the observation platform located close to the dumps of limestone, which had been accumulated on the slopes of the Zhigulevsk Mountains for two centuries.

Four kilometers away from the village of Shiryaevo is located mount Camel, where you can enjoy very beautiful views of the Zhiguli mountains. The road, where you can go from Shiryaevo until Camel mount is very bad quality. You can use it by car only in dry weather. The other possibility – to walk until mount by feet 4 kilometers. 

From the observation deck of mount Camel, you can see the Volga and two rocks on different banks, which are called the Volga Gate - one of the attractions of Samara Luka. This narrowest point of the Volga in its middle course is formed by mountains Tip-Tyav and Sokol. The Tsar`s mound is visible nearby.

Several kilometers before reaching the village of Shiryaevo there is a turn to the mountain Strelnaya. A staircase was built here, which is convenient to climb to the top of the mountain. There is a very beautiful view of the Volga. 

If you turn right after the hydroelectric power station, you can get to Molodetsky Kurgan.It is located on the Bank of the Volga reservoir

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Rocky cliff of the Popova mountain overlooking the village Shiryayevo in the Samarskaya Luka national park
The slope of Popova mountain near the village of Shiryaevo in the Samara Luka reserve
Shore of the Volga river at the foot Popova mountains in the Samarskaya Luka national park
Abandoned tunnels in Popova mountain, where limestone was mined, in the Samarskaya Luka reserve
Abandoned tunnels in Popova mountain, where limestone was mined, in the Samarskaya Luka reserve
Molodetsky Kurgan rises above the waters of the Kuibyshev reservoir at 242 meters, in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
Mount Camel in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
The top of mount Camel over the Volga river in the Samarskaya Luka national park
View at the Goat ravine from the top of the Camel mountains in the Samarskaya Luka national Park
Abandoned tunnels where limestone used to be mined in mount Camel in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
Abandoned tunnels where limestone used to be mined in mount Camel in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
The sheer wall of mount Camel in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve, where climbers constantly train in the summer
Rocky cliff at the top of Strelnaya mountain in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
View of the Volga river from the top of Strelnaya mountain in the Samarskaya Luka reserve
Decking and stairs are laid to the top of Strelnaya mountain in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
A small rock called the Devil`s bridge on the way to the top of Strelnaya mountain in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
View from the Molodetsky Kurgan at the confluence of the Usa river with the Volga river in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
The rocky cliff of the Molodetsky Kurgan above the waters of the Kuibyshev reservoir in the Samarskaya Luka reserve
A feather grass grows on the slopes of the Molodetsky Kurgan in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
Feather grass at the foot of Molodetsky Kurgan, in Samarskaya Luka national park
Low cliff Devichya at the foot of the Molodetsky Kurgan in the nature reserve Samarskaya Luka
Sokol cliff on Bald Mountain above the waters of the Volga river in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
From the Bald mountain in the Samarskaya Luka reserve you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Volga hydroelectric dam
Rocky cliff Sokol on Bald Mountain in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
The rocky slope of the Bald mountain in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
The wooden house where the artist Repin lived in 1870, in the village of Shiryaevo, in the Samara Luka nature reserve
A large room in the house where the artist Repin lived with his friends, in the village of Shiryaevo in the Samara Luka reserve
Reproduction of the painting Barge Haulers on the Volga which Repin painted in 1870, when he lived in this house in the village of Shiryaevo
View of the Monastery mountain and the village of Shiryaevo from the observation deck on Popova mountain in the Samarskaya Luka nature reserve
The cross on the top of the Monastery mountain in the Samarskaya Luka national Park