The Kamačnik River– beautiful nature in Gorski kotar

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The Kamačnik River is small, mountainous river in Gorski kotar. Thanks to the good trail and footbridges, it is a perfect half day trip on the way to the sea.

The Kamačnik is one of many beautiful Croatian rivers. is right tributary of the Dobra River. It is located at the edge of Vrbovsko town. Just a little bit longer than there kilometers; it spans some of the most attractive landscapes in Gorski kotar. The trail begins from the confluence with the Dobra, marked by waterfalls and rapids. This lower part of the river is actually wilder the upper part, near the source. Here, the river flows in a small valley, even a tight canyon at one point. Wooden footbridges cross the river several times. Education panels will help you to learn about the natural history of Kamačnik.

The vegetation is lush, fed by the moisture. Trees are covered by the moss and other epiphytes, while in the spring; colorful flowers adorn the river banks. The headwaters are calmer, but not less beautiful. In a frigid, but transparent water you can spot trouts as they whisk in the water. The source is a greenish lake, where the water springs from the depth of the karst underground.

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It is not difficult to find this natural gem. The best way is to pull off the Zagreb –Rijeka highway on Vrbovsko exit. After that, just follow the signs. There is a good parking at the entrance to the canyon. In the summertime, entrance fee of only 10kn must be paid in the restaurant at the very confluence. Of course, after several hours of easy hiking, restaurant will offer good meals, a bit overpriced.

Goran Šafarek, biologist, author of several books and films about Croatia. Don’t forget to follow us on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

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