The whole mountain is an area with a great natural environment
, fauna and flora. It is part of the network of protected areas Natura 2000 and is part of the North Pindos National Park. Below its highest peak is formed the Drakolimni of Smolikas (dragon lake)
. It is located at an altitude of 2200m, has an area of about 3 acres (the second largest in Greece), great depth and has a heart shape. Alpine newts swim in its waters.Access to the Smolika shelter can be done by car, which you stop 300 meters before the refuge and then continue on foot.
The dirt road is maintained, so most of the time they can go up. It is a start for the national mountaineering trail O3 and the Epirus Trail. The Shelter can serve as a starting point for many routes that lead to the peaks of Smolikas. The most walked route is that of the National Mountaineering Trail O3 which passes through Drakolimni of Smolikas and ends at the Top in just 3 hours.