Interesting spots and walking trails in the Slovak Paradise
If you are a fan of light hiking trails, you should hike from Spišské Tomášovce, Čingov or Letanovský Mlyn. If you are lucky enough and the weather is clear, you will be amazed by the view of the vast part of the Slovak Paradise and the High Tatras at the end of the hiking trail from the vista point on the top of the peak.
Tomášovská Belá is a romantic version of the pathway at the plateau of the Glac peak. You will find a wooden stairway trail above a flume on your way. It offers an amazing view you will truly love. At the end of the hiking trail, a marvellous Klauzy reservoir shall be found.
Tiesňava is a lovely hiking trail. It’s more a pathway than a hiking trail, so it’s perfect for beginners. The pathway leads you through a canyon valley straight from the Stratená village. The canyon ends up at the open plateau Pod Hanesovou, which takes you right to Dobšinská Ice Cave as well.
Havrania Rock (hiking trail)
If you are interested in viewing the Slovak Paradise and its surroundings from the South and the North, you should head up to the Havrania Rock Peak, which is located above the Stratená village. You can get there by following a green-marked hiking trail starting in the Stratená village. The hiking trail is pretty steep though. You will pass by the Sokolie Rocks and a spectacular natural phenomenon Občanský Spring. The green signs change to the yellow ones at the end of the hiking trail.
Borovniak (hiking trail)
Borovniak is an attractive vista point peak situated at the Southern borders of the Slovak Paradise. People are often mistaken that Borovniak is the unreachable neighbouring Ondrejisko Peak. You can see Kráľova hoľa and the top of the Hnilecká Valley from the Borovniak Peak. If you are lucky and the weather is clear, you can even see the High Tatras. There are two options how to reach the Borovniak Peak. You can start your journey from Stratená, part of Dobšinská Ice Cave, following a yellow-marked pathway or you can follow up the red signs from Besník through Čuntava.
The Stratenský Canyon is situated next to Stratená village. It’s a very romantic short canyon which was originally built as a public road for vehicles. Later on a tunnel has been constructed nearby so now the canyon is used as an educational walkway with informational boards about the Slovak Paradise all the way along. The walkway is suitable for disabled people on wheelchairs as well. However, families with kids, cyclists and unexperienced hikers find this pathway in the middle of the breath-taking scenery very attractive too. There are couple of routes to get back from the canyon. One of them takes you to a marvellous vista point at the Havrania Rock Peak (1 151 m).
Educational walkway Mokrade Hnilca
Beautiful, only a half a kilometre long educational walkway connects a train station Dobšinská Ice Cave and a local tourist information centre. The walkway offers a beautiful view over the rare biotopes of a wetland of the upper part of the Hnilec River. But don’t worry, you won’t get wet as the wooden pathway is constructed above the wetlands.
The Kopanec saddle is located in the middle of the Slovak Paradise. It is well-known for the meadows with the highest concentration of plants on a square meter in the middle Europe, you can get a spectacular view over the Slovak Paradise and enjoy the absolute silence all around the place. It is mostly spotted as a rest place for cyclists.
Kráľová hoľa is the highest mountain in the Eastern part of the Low Tatras. Once you get up through a quite difficult hiking trail, you can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view all over Slovakia. In some cases, when the temperature drops down and the sky is clear, you might see the peaks of Romanian Carpathians.
Meanders of the Hron River
A very light walking from Telgárt. The Hron River has naturally created a meander system that lays over a pretty large area with soaked meadows and a rare vegetation.
Hron stream, the railway viaduct and the highest situated tunnels
You can find the stream of the second longest river in Slovakia southwards of the Besník Saddle, nearby the main road. If you continue a couple of hundred meters ahead, you can see the beautiful Chramošský Stone Viaduct and, more importantly, a very unusual part of the railway line with the Telgárt Viaduct and the Kornel Stodola Tunnel as well, which is a part of the unique Telgárt’s Loop.
Hiking trails map
A handy interactive map of the Slovak Paradise can be found on the web page: