Uzungöl or Long Lake, is a large natural lake that is reputed to have been formed by a landslide many years ago. Just 99 km from Trabzon it is a very famous landmark and a place that Turkish people often think of when you mention the Black Sea region.
This is a very popular tourist spot and best visited during the weekdays and not at weekends or national holidays when there is a tendency for it to get over crowded. This enchanting lake, with its backdrop of lush green rolling hills and the Soganli mountains, is a photographers paradise.
Uzungöl is the ideal place for hiking, bird watching, and a host of sports such as paragliding, jeep safaris, quad bike tours or bike rental. In recent years the hotels and establishments around the lake have increased in number. There are handcrafted souvenirs on sale which include clothing, dolls and food produce. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses, some very good restaurants and cafes.
If you are feeling like splashing out some cash then you can also consider a helicopter tour. Whilst we highly recommend a visit to Uzungöl and its beautiful countryside we did feel that it runs the risk of being spoiled if it develops further.