SK, Oravska Lesna – Forestry Nature Trail
Peculiar region of Orava is one the most beautiful places in Slovakia. Regardless season you happen to be there, or weather, it will pleasantly surprise you. This time was no different. Again, we were taken away by it.
Despite not particularly good weather we enjoyed our vacation in Orava. As I already mentioned a week ago, this time we went to peculiar mountain town of Oravska Lesna. Despite seeing beautiful church of St Anna in the middle of the village or enjoying unique historic forest railroad that is a technical landmark. We also noticed unique forestry nature trail . Today we will talk more about it.
About life in forest
Fog, forest smell, many mushrooms, sometimes wild strawberries, and last but not least interesting infoboards. This is how we would sum up our memories of this easy hike.
As it was foggy since the early morning and we were going to visit friend in nearby Hrustin, we hadn’t time for a long hike. Yet you can manage to do an interesting hike in half-a-day. I really recommend you to do so even there is fog, or sometimes heavy raining. Just take good shoes, waterproof clothes, and the forest will reward you with beautiful smell, calm rustle, sort of relaxing music of the forest. Moreover, there are not many people on such days. This opens you an opportunity to more enjoy beauties, smells, and nice places of Orava nature.
Forestry nature trail will take you through beautiful forest in Oravska Magura belongs to Protected Landscape Area of Horna Orava . There are 34 stops. There are many interesting sights on forestry, natural history, protection, and history on this 4,3 kilometers long trail. You can even hire a guide there, however, you have to do so in advance. The guide will give you an interesting lecture.
Its best to start your walk by elementary school in Oravska Lesna. Entrance is about 200 meters off the bus station of Oravska Lesna – Ustredi, right next to the municipality.
The greatest importance of this nature trail the elevation of which is mere 120 meters, is in introducing the work of foresters, history and present of forestry and letting children know about it or even adults as well. Of course, we shouldn’t forget other interesting facts related to the railroad displayed on infoboard at individual stops. Should you not want to undertake the whole trail, try its shorter part. The shortest is just 1 300 meters long, the other 400 meters longer. You will understand that even a short walk in forest will recharge your batteries and also you would learn some facts.
Text and photo: O. Maňáková
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