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  12.02.2018, 12:34h

Goris – Torak hiking trail

Training with a view: the football players of the Šibenik Croatian Football Club jogged along the new educational-hiking path Goriš – Torak

The route from Lozovac to Pakovo Selo is becoming a true trip destination. The Krka National Park today opened the newly refurbished Goriš – Torak hiking trail, 2950 m long, which has a lookout point in Krnići Gornji with a view of the confluence of the Krka and Čikola Rivers, and the educational hiking path Brnjica – riverbed of the Čikola with a view of Ključica fortress, making them an ideal destination for an active nature trip, and all only a fifteen minute drive from Šibenik or Drniš.

The first to try the new educational hiking trail were the football players of the Croatian Football Club Šibenik, performing their training in surroundings of beautiful preserved nature. A special award awaited them at the end of the trail: a lookout point offering a view of the confluence of the Krka and Čikola Rivers, and also Torak, a spring in the form of a lake, a natural phenomenon on the left bank of the Čikola just at the beginning of the confluence. Although it is actually a spring, because of its circular form it instead resembles a lake, so it is called a lake spring. It is 150 m in diameter, and 30 m deep, and the spring itself is located at the bottom of the lake. This karst spring is impressively beautiful because of the unusual location at the confluence of two rivers and the characteristic vegetation of the meadows and shrubs that surround it. The trail itself forks: one branch leads to the lookout point, the other descends to Torak spring.

“In addition to the exceptional natural beauty and cultural and historical features that attract visitors from throughout the entire world, the Krka National Park is an ideal pedestrian-recreational area, especially for the local population. That is why we continuously open educational-hiking paths on both banks of the Krka River and connect them into logical units in order to enable active vacationing, sport recreation, or quality family-time in nature for visitors. We made the Goriš – Torak trail into a pedestrian zone and brought close to hand what nature had long ago formed into a beautiful landscape”, was emphasized by the director of the Krka National Park, Krešimir Šakić, MA.

Walking along the Goriš – Torak trail, which the local population once used to get to their fields and gardens, you can now spend an active morning or afternoon enjoying a more peaceful and personal experience of the National Park, looking on one side at the confluence, and on the other at Ključica fortress, where the canyon of the Čikola leads.

Through the growth of the travertine barriers at Skradinski Buk waterfall, thirteen kilometers of the Krka River were turned into a lake, along with three kilometers of the lower Čikola River, creating in landscape terms the most unusual confluence in Croatia, made even more special by the island of Kalički Busen, about seven hundred meters long and only ten meters wide, a travertine barrier that separates the Krka and the mouth of the Čikola. If you do not turn towards Lozovac, but instead from Šibenik you continue towards Pakovo Selo, on the left hand part of the road, in Krnići Gornji, you will find a look out point with the most beautiful view of the confluence.

The canyon of the Čikola is famous for its ferocity, the imposing forms of juniper, and the inaccessibility of the terrain. The river in the canyon almost completely dries up in summer. Ključica, the largest and best-preserved medieval fortress in the National Park, is raised above the Čikola canyon, and offers a view of the confluence and the Torak sping. It was erected in the 13th century by the powerful Croatian aristocratic Nelipić family. Although access to the fortress itself is not permitted, it can be admired from the Brnjica –Čikola canyon trail, which can also be reached from the Šibenik – Pakovo Selo trail. Descending along this 1450 m long path to the bed of the Čikola River, visitors can enjoy a view of Ključica fortress the entire time.