EDUCATION is an important task of protected areas. We educate our visitors directly and indirectly. Educational trails are one of the mediums of indirect education.
EDUCATIONAL TRAILS interpret natural and cultural-historical characteristics of the area.
EDUCATIONAL TRAIL MAN AND KARST
Mixed trail – forestry-biological-cultural-geological. The trail is located on the hill Grabovača. There are 20 educational panels on the trail, which educate for natural and cultural-historical characteristics of the area. There is a viewpoint with a rest point within the trail where you can take a breath and enjoy the panoramic views of Gospić, Velebit and the canyon of the river Lika – views that will be deeply etched in your memory and will awaken admiration once again.
Hiking through the educational trail you will pass by two caves, Velika Kozarica and Tabakuša, and one pit, Slipica. You will learn more about the customs of livestock keeping in the past – parts of the trail are also parts of old stockbreeder’s trails. You will walk on trails of old waggoneers from Lika, familiarize yourself with their daily life and feel, if just for a moment, the spirit of passed times when you lived from the forest and cattle, and life was simple, calm and one with nature.
TRAIL LENGTH: 3 km
DURATION OF HIKE: 2 h
DIFFICULTY AND DEMANDING OF THE TRAIL: easy to mildly hard
ALTITUDE: 650 – 743 m
EDUCATIONAL TRAIL FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF MIRKO MALEZ
The educational trail Following the footsteps of Mirko Malez links the hills Šutića Vrh and Grabovača. In the relatively small area there are 5 caves, and the goal of this trail is to familiarize the visitors with the history of speleology development in Croatia and with the life and speleological work of Mirko Malez, which started in 1946. Academician Malez was the first to make the plans of all the caves that are located in the Cave Park Grabovača, and speleology was and remained forever his greatest research passion and scientific love.
The educational trail leads you through the forest, forest slopes and ravines beside all the caves where you can read about them and their history. By walking, no matter the season, you can best experience the calm environment of this area, tire your body a bit, but rest your soul and hopefully feel a part of the passion for caves and speleology that followed Malez throughout his life.
Following the trail marked by guideposts and markings you will be able not only to enjoy the preserved nature and see various plant species in their habitats, but also notice how man has contributed to the wealth of landscape with his work and witness the more and more abandoned traditional way of life of this area.
TRAIL LENGTH: 2 km
DURATION OF HIKE: 1,5 – 2 h
DIFFICULTY AND DEMANDING OF THE TRAIL: easy, walking trail
ALTITUDE: 600 – 684 m