CZ – Bukovina Arboretum near Hrubá Skála
You can park in the village of Kacanovy, which is located 4 kilometers south of Turnov and was formerly called Vrcha - a settlement from 1514. The current name is said to have originated from the Italian phrase casa nuova, which means new house.
From the parking lot we set off a short distance along the main road, but right at the bus stop we turn left. However, you can also choose a shorter route variant. However, we choose this four-kilometer (8 km in total) forest path leading along two ponds (Pod Douglaskou and Nad Douglaskou), behind which we are already diving into the rocks. We meet almost no one almost to the arboretum itself, sometimes only a few cyclists pass for whom the local route is ideal. However, the area around the arboretum is full of people, after all, the area is full of beautiful places.
The arboretum is referred to as an English park and there are 41 species of trees. 400 local trees are protected and memorable. The arboretum was founded after 1860 by Jan Bedřich Lex of Aehrenthal, the then owner of the Hruboskalský estate, and by forester Leopold Anger Sr. It was originally created as a place for the introduction of exotic trees. We can admire woody plants here, especially from North America. In the area of the arboretum there is also a gazebo from the 19th century in the Swiss style, now it serves as an information center of the Administration of the Protected Landscape Area of Bohemian Paradise. You can buy all kinds of souvenirs here and there is also a small exhibition. In addition to woody plants, we can also visit the Stone Table lookout point or serve the statue "Spirit of the Arboretum", which was created in 2005 from the dead Douglas fir.
The walk can always be extended arbitrarily, for example to the Hrubá Skála chateau or the Mariánská vyhlídka chateau. Children will also be happy to welcome a visit to the nearby Sedmihorky forest nature trail for children. It is 3 kilometers long, starts from the Sedmihorky camp and leads through the Hruboskalsko nature reserve. A children's printed guide to the trail is sold for a few crowns in the camp or in the information center in the arboretum (it can also be downloaded online for free), where children complete various tasks to diversify.
Text and photos: Veronika Schubertová
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