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Best Hiking Trails in Poland

Overview

Poland is a large Eastern European country that has spectacular hiking, particularly in the High Tatra region.  Forests and plains fill the vast majority of Poland but the small mountainous regions in the south and west of the country garner a lot of attention. The main mountain ranges include the Tatras, Peininy and Bieszczady. The most popular hikes include Mount Tarnica, Orla Perc, Three Crowns and Mount Sniekza (among many many others). Hiking is a popular pastime in Poland so in the high season (essentially the summer months), mountain towns such as Zakopane and well known trails can get very crowded.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Poland. 

Capital: Warsaw

When To Hike in Poland?

May – September: For regions with higher altitudes, such as in the Tatra mountains, it would be June – September
October
November – April: Cold, snowy

Climate: Moderately continental; rainfall is heaviest during the summer months – rain starts to go down in Aug/Sept so that would be better than June/July.  

 

Poland Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Thousands of km of well-marked trails, and other hiking infrastructure.  Mountain huts are called ‘schroniska’.  Signs and maps may not be in English. 

Transportation required: Public transit can take you to some places, but car is useful otherwise

Where to stay in Poland for hiking:

  • Zakopane
  • Jelenia Gora
  • Ustrzyki Górne
  • Nowy Sacz
  • Krynica
  • Szczawnica
  • Kroscienko

Most popular hikes in Poland

Much of the mountain hiking in Poland can be found in the very southern and western parts of the country (a small area in comparison to the size of the country), bordering Slovakia (in the south) and Czech Republic (in the west). The main mountain ranges include the Tatras, Peininy and Bieszczady. Highest Mountain: Mt Rysy (2499 m) in the High Tatras. You can hike in or out of the national parks.

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Stołowe Mountains National Park

Karkonosze National Park

  • Mt Śnieżka
  • Mt Szyszak 
  • Jelenia Góra is a good base 

Bieszczady range

  • On the southeastern border with Ukraine & Hungary
  • Bieszczady National Park – Ustrzyki Górne is a good base; tourist office www.bdpn.pl 
  • Mt Tarnica

Beskid Niski

  • Low Beskids – low mountain range east of Beskid Sadecki range

Beskid Sądecki

  • Mountain range east of Pieniny
  • Nowy Sacz is a good town to base yourself; also Krynica 
  • Mt Jaworzyna

Pieniny range

  • East of Tatras – Szczawnica is a good base, also Kroscienko – popular area
  • Pieniny National Park 
  • Three Crowns
  • Dunajec Gorge (for rafting)

Tatra National Park

  • Tatrzański Park Narodowy in the High Tatras, most popular and highest mountain range, on the southern border with Slovakia
  • Zakopane – good base, very popular, too crowded in high seasons
  • Kraków is the big city closest to this
  • Chuda Przelaczka Loop

Long Distance Trails of Poland

  • Główny Szlak Sudecki (Main Sudety Trail): 440 km in Sudetes Mountains from Świeradów Zdrój to Prudnik
  • Główny Szlak Beskidzki (Main Beskidy Trail): 519 km (322 mi) in Beskids Mountains, from Wołosate to Ustroń, the longest public trail in Poland
  • European long distance path E3, E8, E9, E11 – E-paths – European Ramblers Association

Poland's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Poland Hiking Books:

  • Walking in the High Tatras – Slovakia and Poland: Including Western Tatras and White Tatras, by Renáta Nárzoná and Colin Saunders, 2017, Cicerone Guide – https://amzn.to/3J62JnG
  • Tatra Mountains of Poland and Slovakia: Car Tours and Walks, by Sandra Bardwell, 2016, Sunflower – https://amzn.to/3PRePEN
  • Rough Guide to Poland, by Rough Guides, 2018, published by APA Publications – https://amzn.to/3TJOFFa
  • Lonely Planet Poland, by Simon Richmond & Mark Baker, 2020, Lonely Planet Publications – good hiking resource – https://amzn.to/3PQ2CA6

 

Poland Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Poland:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Tarnica
  • Połonina Wetlińska
  • Orla Perć
  • Chuda Przelaczka Loop
  • Mount Szyszak
  • Mount Sniezka
  • Mount Jaworzyna
  • Three Crowns
  • Babia Gora
  • Mount Rysy

Easy Hiking Trails in Poland:

  • Black Pond Trail
  • Gęsia Szyja
  • Mały Staw Lake

 

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What Else To Do

  • Wooden architecture
  • WWII sites
  • Primeval forests

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