The Beskid with its area of 1160 square kilometres is the largest wildlife preserve in the Czech Republic, a region exceptional because of its unique natural characteristics and functions - biological, landscape and climate-forming, hydroeconomic, economic and recreational. About 70 % of the area is covered by forests. Most of original beech and fir woods have been converted into spruce forests and farmland has gone through similar changes. In spite of this fact large areas of original ecosystems of mixed woods and also original meadow flora are still well-preserved. The Beskid Mountains are also important as a drinking water reservoir. Attentive visitors can see on their rambles not only many protected plants, but also such big beasts of prey as lynxes, migrating wolves and bears. The mountains are a holiday and tourist centre with a many years tradition (more than 100 years of the Mountain association Radhošť). There are two significant educational nature paths there:
ENP Javorníky - a path on the Javorníky ridge on the Moravian-Slovak border with typical peak forests and non-forest flora, about 16 km long and ENP Radegast - a path on the ridge and slopes of Radhošť, Noříčí, Kněhyně and Čertův mlýn, about 15 km long.