Numerous trails are getting forgotten and abandoned as people move in to the cities. More and more villages are left only to the old people and will slowly got hidden in bushes – draču i koprivu.
One of those trails is the historic trail to Manojlovac waterfall on the upper flow of Krka River. Hidden in the bushes, as it has not been used for dozens of years now, it is a rare treat for hikers!
So, what’s the better way to show “Secret Dalmatia” but to hike to some remote wilderness, have a picnic overlooking a spectacular waterfall and hike down abandoned trail?
Since my friends, the Demicco family from Maine was here on holiday, I promised Marie that I will take them hiking as we had a lot of fun hiking last year 🙂
First we had a picnic and then we looked for the trail. It was not an easy task but I looked for recent trails in the tall grass and found it quite fast.
The first part of the trail is easy to see as it is clearly marked. It is wide enough for carts and carriages as that was the easiest way to get the bags of flour from the mills located at the waterfalls.
The trails is fairly long and, in some parts, not that easy to follow as the trees are now growing where once was a clear path. However, after making our way down through that “jungle” we were rewarded by a wonderful sights of waterfalls!
Manojlovac is the second biggest waterfall in Croatia and probably one of the prettiest was well!
The remains pf the watermills are hidden for the most part but some of them probably date from the Roman times as above the waterfall was located one of the most important military camps of the Empire at the time: Burnum.
And then the trail becomes interesting!
Cut just in the base of the high cliff, the trail curves around a lake, huge fallen rocks, trees and small caves!
A pure treat for nature lovers!
After a while, you get rewarded by wonderful views of the lakes!
The trail is easy to follow all the way up and we reached the top plateau where once a mighty Burnum fortress/town stood. Krka river is beautiful from here and the meadows were full of flowers on this beautiful May day.
What I like about hiking in Dalmatia and Croatia in general is that the natural wonders are always connected with some historic sites! There is always a great story behind every trail and on each turn you encounter another Medieval, Roman or even older monument!
Next day we took the Demiccos on a much easier hike but not less beautiful!