The year round, Bayburt offers matchlessly beautiful scenery to photo enthusiasts. Steep mountains, their peaks capped with eternal snow; valleys robed in a different color for every season; the madly rushing Çoruh River; waterfalls cascading from the heights—they all combine with the region’s flora to excite the camera-wielder.
THE ÇORUH AND RAFTING
Winding from Bayburt via İspir and Yusufeli to Artvin, the 260-km Çoruh River has made Bayburt one of the finest centers for rafting. Among the most rapidly flowing rivers in the world, the Çoruh lies within Bayburt for 106 km of its length, and rafting is possible at 4 different stages. At certain points along the rafting route there are areas suitable for camping.
MOUNTAINEERING AND HIKING
Bayburt is a genuine paradise for mountaineering and hiking, as half of the province is mountainous. In the south, Mounts Puluk (2300 m), Otlukbeli (2520 m), Saruhan (2400 m), Çoşan (2963 m), Kop (2600 m) and Çavuşkıran (2850 m), and in the north Mounts Zülfe (2750 m), Kemer (2856 m), Soğanlı (2756 m), Haldizen (3000 m) and Kemer (3250 m) all are suitable for climbing.
HUNTING AND FISHING
In its rich natural setting, Bayburt affords opportunities for hunting and fishing with a hook and line, the latter sport being especially attractive in the Çoruh River and its tributaries. Numerous streams (the Masat, Kopuz, Beşpınar, Ozansu, Yoncalı, Yazyurdu, Kılıçkaya and Çatıksu) are rich in trout, while Lakes Oruçbeyli, Sakızlı, Saraycık, Danişmend, Eymür and Gökçedere yield plenty of carp. Many animals the hunting of which is legal are found in Bayburt. The hunting season is generally from August to February.