Lagodekhi National Reserve 5The Lagodekhi National Reserve is the oldest protected area in Georgia, established in 1912, and one of the country’s most lovely corners. Tucked away on the eastern border, this region of ancient forests, plunging waterfalls and alpine valleys is a must see for all nature lovers, and with the national park extending 3000 meters up the greater Caucasus, it’s a great place to discover the mountains as well.

Lagodekhi is a very rich district. It is characterized with temperate humid subtropical climate. The reserve is abounded in water. The Ninoskhevi, Shromiskhevi, Lagodekhistskali and Matsimistskali are the main rivers originating in the high mountains and creating many water cascades and waterfalls, which then flow quietly in the lower zone of the forest. In the Lagodekhi alpine zone, one can meet several very nice lakes of glacial origin; the largest of them is the Black Cliff Lake, the depth of which reaches 14 m. It is located on the Russian-Georgian border. Treasure of Lagodekhi Protected Areas is its nature. There is an alternation of vertical zoning and habitats in this vast territory. There are unique hornbeam and beech broadleaf forests, rare plants and abundant wild flowers.