Owl Mountains

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Owl Mountains
Widok z zygmuntowki.jpg
View from Zygmuntówka Refuge near Jugów
Highest point
Peak Wielka Sowa
Elevation 1,014.8 m (3,329 ft)
Coordinates 50°40′45″N 16°29′13″E / 50.67917°N 16.48694°E / 50.67917; 16.48694
Góry Sowie.jpg
Country Poland
State/Province Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Range coordinates 50°40′N 16°30′E / 50.667°N 16.500°E / 50.667; 16.500Coordinates: 50°40′N 16°30′E / 50.667°N 16.500°E / 50.667; 16.500
Parent range Central Sudetes
Borders on Bardzkie Mountains
Type of rock Gneiss and Migmatite

The Owl Mountains (Polish: Góry Sowie; German: Eulengebirge; Czech: Soví hory) are a mountain range in the Central Sudetes in south-west Poland. They run between the historic Lower Silesian region and Kłodzko Land, the range includes a protected area called Owl Mountains Landscape Park.

In the Owl Mountains, apart from the main ridge, the subdivisions of Garb Dzikowca and Wzgórza Wyrębińskie can be distinguished, the Owl Mountains cover an area of about 2,000 square kilometres and stretch over 26 kilometres. They are situated between the Waldenburg Mountains (from the west) and the Bardzkie Mountains (from the east), their east border is marked out by Przełęcz Srebrna (a mountain pass), and the line of west border is set by the Bystrzyca River. In the north, the border is on Kotlina Distrabiekenstein and in the south on Obniżenie Noworudzkie and Włodzickie Hills, the Owl Mountains constitute the youngest part of the Sudetes. At their foot are well-known tourist places, like: Rzeczka, Walim, Sokolec, Jugów, Sierpnica and Zagórze Śląskie.

The Owl Mountains are very diversified in terms of height, the highest peaks are Wielka Sowa ("Great Owl"; 1,014 metres in altitude) and Kalenica (964 m) with its viewing tower. The remaining peaks reach the height from 200 to 987 metres above sea level. Except for the summit clearings and the mountain passes, the Owl Mountains represent the spruce-clad type of mountains. There may be also observed a rare occurrence of the beech and the yew.

The Owl Mountains are covered by a network of tourist trails, the most attractive of these the red trail leading through most of Europe. The favourite tourist destinations of the Owl Mountains include: the Stone Tower on Wielka Sowa, the viewing tower on Kalenica, Grodno Castle in Zagórze Śląskie, the adit complexes of Project Riese near Walim and the Mining Museum in Poland.

Major towns of the Owl Mountains include:

Between the Owl Mountains and the Kamienne Mountains:


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