The trail of Nagliai nature reserve with snowbound villages and stunning scenery of Pilkosios dunes is one of the most interesting objects around the Curonian Spit National Park. Walking along the trail more than a thousand meters long you will see spectacular ravines created by strong winds in the dunes, or be surprised with century-old forest soils when they sometimes emerge intermittently buried under the sand. And you will feel the same as a famous Lithuanian poetess Salomėja Neris, when she was creating the poem: Wind, oh wind! / Wind and wind! / Undid the hair and embraced, /And kissed the face, and the chest.
Nowhere else you will see this if you
Nagliai nature reserve protects the Dead dunes – one of the most impressive landscape elements of the Curonian Spit and Lithuania, leaving no one indifferent. It is a place for habitats of rare plants, included in the Red Book, four villages and two old cemetery sites that are hiding under the sand, while blown soils are sometimes uncovered, the remains of ancient dunes are all the images you cannot see anywhere else, only in Nagliai nature reserve.
Any human activity is prohibited in the reserve except for scientific observations. However, you can walk here along the special cognitive trail, part of which runs through the reinforced surface (gravel and boards), and the remaining section – on the sand.
Here the sun rises from the water and sets in the water
The cognitive trail of Nagliai is the only place from which you can explore the reserve’s objects. Travelling this path you can see all the beauty of the Dead dunes. From the highest sand hill at the end of the trail, opens a magnificent panoramic view of the landscape of the Curonian Spit: Curonian Lagoon on one side and the wailing Baltic Sea on the other with some pine greenery in the middle. In addition, it is the only place in Lithuania where you can meet the sunrise from the water and farewell the sunset in the water. The whole landscape ensemble is like a perfectly stunning painting of nature.
Dead Dunes are the longest
Dead (Mirusios), or Gray (Pilkosios) dunes are large sand hills built by strong winds, with ravines and erosions. Here you will see thriving spontaneous grass vegetation and old fragments of forest soils. These are the longest dunes in Lithuania to protect one of the saddest stories of the Curonian Spit villages. In 1675–1854 as many as four Nagliai villages here were covered in sand, and still remain buried today. It is said that at the time the speed of dunes ranged from 0.5 to 15 meters per year and people were fighting it for long, but to no avail.