The Silk Road passes through Kartepe and has been inhabited since the Hittites. Plus it is on the Ottoman State Mail Route. It consists of 7 villages; Masukiye is the most popular and most visited one among them. In the region, outdoor sports like horseback riding, ATV safaris, motocross, off-roading, Jeep safaris, biking, paragliding, fishing, paintball, golf, and trekking can be done all year long; however, it is well known for its ski resort. Kartepe takes place at an altitude of 1608 meters, at the highest peak of Samanli Mount; thus, The first snow of the Marmara region falls here. Between November and April, the area is covered with snow, and visitors can ski on 42 kilometers of ski runs.