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The “Žiarska Dolina” Nature Trail (Žiarska Valley)

Tourist trail

Ústie Žiarskej doliny – Žiarska chata (1 325 m n. m.)

The nature trail concludes a very popular route leading up to the cottage in Žiarska Valley. It consists of 15 boards that provide visitors with information on local history, fauna and flora, and local sports. The trail also includes rest areas with benches and shelters in case of bad weather.

The first stop is in the mouth of Žiarska Valley near the Mine and there are three themes mentioned on the boards (Žiarska Valley; short history of the village Žiar; inhabitants of the village Žiar during the wars). The second stop is situated at the third bridge, and two more are found below the locality of Hladké and near Mláky, where the trail meets the original old way to the cottage of Žiarska Chata. Themes are as follows: fauna, flora, Smrečianka stream, mountains, avalanches and sheep breeding. The last stop is at the cottage of Žiarska Chata with the following themes: the former cottage of Žiarska Chata and downhill skiing history. The accompanying articles, which are both in Slovak and English, also contain photographs. Žiarska Valley is one of the most visited valleys of the Western Tatras. The natural beauty and easy accessibility make it favourite for visitors - it is only 12 km away from the centre of Liptov - Liptovský Mikuláš town. The end of the valley is formed by massive peaks and ridges. Visitors to the valley, tourists, members of school and family trips will appreciate information on the boards which are placed in the heart of the peaceful, untouched Tatra Mountains countryside.

Accessibility and parking

There is a paid car park at the beginning of the trail at the mouth of Žiarska Valley. There is also a bus stop near the car park. The bus service circulates from/to the town of Liptovský Mikuláš.

Accommodation and food facilities

There are accommodation and food facilities within the local infrastructure at the beginning of the route and in the cottage of Žiarska Chata at the end of the route.

1 h 45 m

Duration

9km

Length

Ústie Žiarskej doliny

Starting point

Žiarska chata

End point

610m

Total ascent

610m

Total descent

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Elevation profile