Excursions by bike and on foot
BIKE / WALKING TRAIL MAP
KORANA EDUCATIONAL TRAIL
is aimed at all those who wish to get to know the beauties and possibilities offered by the area around Skradska gora and the River Korana. There is a special charm in organising bicycle excursions on the trail, and there are several shorter sections arranged as hiking paths. Alongside the trail, over 40 km long, beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Barilović and Krnjak follow one another. The centres of the two municipalities and the most interesting destinations (0 – 10) are highlighted on the interactive maps.
- RUSTIC OAK HOUSE ON ERAK ESTATE
- OLD TOWN BARILOVIC – Mediaeval fort Barilović was constructed on the foundations of a prehistoric hillfort. It was named after its first known owners and was first mentioned in the 15th century. It was successfully defended during the attacks by the Ottoman Empire. It remained the Military Border (Vojna krajina) fort until 1871. Afterwards it was used for municipal purposes. It was damaged in the war in 1944. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia started its reconstruction in the year 2000. In the courtyard there is a small collection of Roman sarcophagi, and in the nearby school there is an exhibition of archaeological findings of Barilović municipality.
- REST AREA STARI MLIN NA KORANI – Beautiful nature and climate are an invaluable wealth of Barilović and Krnjak area. Summers are warm, with many sunny hours, winters chilly, while spring and autumn are pleasant. Acidic soils with limestone (karst) substratum are covered with deciduous forests, with an abundance of mushrooms and other forest fruits. There are also numerous glades with beautiful views. In the vicinity of Koranska strana village, there is a rest area called Stari mlin na Korani. Koranska strana also abounds in drinking water springs, and next to one of them, a rest area close to the educational trail was arranged..
- “BARILO” RIDING CLUB – It is also possible to get to know the Barilović and Kmjak surroundings by riding a horse. “Barilo” Riding Club from Kosijersko Selo with the riding ground and stables in “Winnetou” ranch (in the ecological village “Korana”) and in “Indiana” ranch, offers, besides riding school, caretaking for horses, field and therapeutic riding as well as one-day trips around Skradska gora and the Korana River. Riders are led downthe trail to Čatrnja hot spring water in Dugi Dol and carved Roman quarries in Srdići. Keeping company with horses ennobles the spirit and heals the body, and a vacation in nature provides relaxation from busy everyday life.
- VRAŽIĆ CAVE, on the right bank of the Korana River, opposite Barilović hillfort, has been visited, explored and described since the second half of the 19th century; and especially since 1957. Entrance canals that stretch up to the ponds are some 150 metres long. In the two canals (the right one is 20 metres deep), besides the rest of the cave fauna, several grown-up catfish also live. A brook runs through the cave, which is at the same time a drinking water source. During the last more extensive research in 1989, a total of 295 metres of cave passages was measured.
- OLD TOWN SKRAD – Ruins on the top of Skradska gora remind of the mediaeval hillfort Skrad above the Korana River, which offers a beautiful view. The hillfort was surrounded with a double wall, as well as with the third one from the southeast, enclosing the suburb. Among others, prominent owners were the Frankopan family, the Benvenjuda family and the Zrinski family. The Ottoman soldiers devastated the area for the first time at the end of 1493. By the middle of the 16th century, the derelict hillfort became a guardhouse of the Military Border (Vojna krajina). At the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century military government colonised the estate with the population from Bosnia.
- KONČALOVIĆI HILLOCK – Elevations made of soil in the surroundings of Krnjak and Barilović are called hillocks (umke). Some of these “artificial” hills are as high as smaller houses, such as the umka (hillock) in Točak Veljunski. The hillock next to Končalovići village in Skradska gora is smaller, but also situated above the Korana River. It is assumed that the tribes had been building the tumuli since the Bronze Age (since around 1600 B.C.), and mostly in the Late Iron Age (around the year 750 to 300 B.C.). Hillocks were used as tombs, but also to defend the settlement-hill-fort, as well as for ritual and astronomic purposes.
- WATER MILL IN SČULAC – On the Korana River, on a V-shaped dam, two water mills used to operate. Due to electric mills, these mills were abandoned by the middle of the 20th century. The mill in Gornji Sčulac is an example of a good architectural reconstruction of a watermill. Not far away down the Korana River, a Roman sarcophagus was discovered. Upstream, close to Siča, there are caves rich in icicles. The Water Pit (Vodena jama), or Marble Cave (Mramorna pećina) stands out, one of the first caves in Croatia arranged for visitors, in 1888.
- “PUSIĆA SLAP – LUČICA” EXCURSION SITE – Long ago, one would sail on the Korana River by boat, while in the last decade canoes are increasingly used. The Korana River abounds in numerous cascades and rapids, and on the part of the stream passing through Krnjak and Barilovic area alone there are a dozen or so of them. The most beautiful bathing resorts are situated above the cascades. One of the most beautifull ones is situated next to Lućica – Pusića slap.
- VUJAŠKOVIĆI EXCURSION SITE – in the area of Krnjak and Barilovic, the Korana River bypasses the slopes of Skradska gora with most of its flow, where, for the last time, it cuts its deep bed into the calcareous rocks (“green karst”). The Korana gorge is the narrowest between Skradska gora and Kestenjak hill. According to some, the Korana River actually got its name after its bed, bordered with sharply and deeply cut-in cliffs; it is ‘like a wound in the body of the Earth”. At the foot of Vujaškovići hamlet, there is a bathing resort next to a cascade, and in the village and the surroundings there are numerous remains of Roman culture, especially sarcophagi, urns and altars.
- BRIDGE OVER KORANA DONJA PERJASICA