Elk Island

Elk Island is a large forest that begins in the north of Moscow, and ends far beyond the city limits. This national park officially consists of six forest parks, but when you stroll around, you are unlikely to notice when one park becomes another. It is pretty wild here, and really nice. Somewhere amid the ravines and forest paths you may run into a herd of moose. Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich used to hunt moose here. Elk Island has a bio station, which welcomes excursions, and will show the grown moose and calves in its custody. Wild moose are a little harder to meet, but sometimes they will show up even in the urban neighbourhoods close to the forest. There are also deer, wild boar and beavers within the park's territory. One can spy beavers' huts on the banks of the rivers and ponds.