Introduction

In the north part of Low Beskydy mountains, below the main Carpathian ridge and 14 kilometres to the north-east of Svidnik town lies village Vyšná Pisaná. This border village, situated next to borders with Poland, is the last and northernmost settlement in the upper part of Kapišovka river valley.

The village district belongs to the geomorphological unit Ondavská vrchovina (highlands).

Phytogeographically it belongs to the East-Beskydian flora territory, and creates a part of protected zone in the Nature conservation area Eastern Carpathians, namely in its westernmost corner.

Natural forest cover dominated by breech and hornbeam is typical for the area. In higher altitudes of border ridge, there can be found mixed forests with beechwood but also more demanding trees such as sycamore maple, elm, ash tree, lime tree and Norway maple. In the spring regions you can find fir-beechwood and up on the ridge also ash-maple woods.

Many rare and protected plants grow in those woods, among them Telekia speciosa, Scopolia carniolica and Snowdrop. Humid meadows provide perfect conditions for Dactylorhiza majalis, while the forest edges and pastures abound with Platanthera bifolia, Listera ovata a Dactylorhiza fuchsii

The richness of surrounding forests provides natural shelter and favourable living conditions for stags, roes and wild boars. Predators are represented by wolves, lynxes, foxes, wildcats, pine martens, otters and badgers. From the variety of birds living in the area we can mention eagle, white and black stork, falcon, rough-legged hawk, red-shouldered hawk, owl, woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, hoopoe, sparrow hawk, Corn Crake and others. The atmosphere is also enlivened by numerous songbirds.

Natural beauty of the village´s surroundings is much appreciated by visiting tourists, who can reach the spot by following the red-marked tourist route named SNP (Slovak Natural Uprising) Heroes´ Road. It leads through mountain ranges and valleys from Bradlo, up to Dukla defile and is a part of an international long-distance tourist route E 8.