Flora Deciduous and coniferous woods alternate with forest-steppes. There are pines, common spruce, oaks, birches, linden, aspen, maples, ash trees and black alder.
Fauna Typical taiga birds (wood grouse, hazel grouse, black woodpecker) are neighbouring steppe birds & animals like steppe polecats, partridges, steppe marmots and quails. Red deer, elks, lynxes, roes, wild boars, wisents populate the deep forests. Beavers, otters, minks, Russian muskrats and musquashes live on the river banks. Wisents have been brought to the park since 1996, now they are 170 head; endemic Russian muskrats are under preservation programme.
By car: From Oryol drive along Naugorskoye Chaussee to Znamenskoye (ca. 40 km to the NW from Oryol), few kilometres before Znamenskoye turn left following the sign to the Orlovskoye Polesye National Park, and then always follow the same signs. You will pass Lgov and then enter the cone forest - which is actually the National Park. Total distance is about 75 km. The road is 2 lanes in good condition, winding between the buckwheat fields.
Another road through Khotynets is longer, about 110 km.
By bus: Take a bus to Khotynets from Oryol bus station (3 times a day), and then in Khotynets take a bus to Zhudre (3 times a day). Check the timetables before the trip!
By train: take a train to Bryansk from Oryol railway station (4 times a day), step off at Khotynets and take a bus to Zhudre (3 times a day). Check the timetables before the trip!
There are two small hotels located in the park, camping is also allowed:
Dom Lesnika, ☎ +7-4862-73-59-58, +7-4862-48-75-15 (email@example.com), . checkin: 12 a.m.. from US$85 double room per night, FB +US$37 per day; VISA, Eurocard/Mastercard. edit Located in the forest in 3 km from the Central Lake. Russian billiards, sauna, bike, ski rental, horse riding, daily tours and eco trekking.
Orlovskoye Polesye, ☎ +7-920-080-67-77, +7-920-811-77-71. from US$65 double room per night. edit Hotel & Restaurant located on the bank of the Central Lake and surrounded by deep forests. Boat & bike rental.