Croatia

A circular walk along the borders of the National Park Risjnak, Croatia.

Getting there: new highways in Slovenia offer you quick and easy access by car to Croatia and the NP. 
Or: a flight to Rijeka and by public transport to Lokve, our start of the hike (43 km.’s).
Maps:  it’s no problem to buy good and useful walking maps in the region we walked in. For instance at the entrance of the Park. However, on the route the marks have sometimes disappeared. You have to make your own choice with the risk of getting lost. Nevertheless, this route leads you through splendid landscapes. At Easter no tourist to see! Perhaps all going to the coast, to the Mediterranean? But see this part of the country! 
Accommodation: on trail you can sleep and eat in the villages and cities.
Hotel, private pensions, “Zimmer frei” or noćenje s doručkom (B&B).

Easter 2002: a circular walk along the borders of the National Park Risjnak. The NP is a part of the Gorski Gotar (mountain district). People say that brown bear and lynx still live here, but we didn't see them. What we saw was: luxurious silence, slanting hills, great views along the Kupa-river (on the other riverside Slovenia). A horizon with the Risjnak-mountain (1528 m.). 
Height on trail: 600-1100 m.
Distance between the stage cities: 15-23 km.

Day 1: Lokve - Risnjak (visitors center NP, Crni Lug)..17 km.
Day 2: Risjnak NP - Osilnica (S)..21 km.
Day 3: Osilnica - Brod na Kupi..23 km.
Day 4: Brod na Kupi - Skrad (51311)..15 km.(Karlovac)
Day 5: Skrad - Lokve (first km.’s by train)

On trail: once arrived in Lokve the local pub owner contacted us with the Crnkovic family, Homer 10, Lokve (51316). Here we had a  great time at the start and finish of our round-walk. Wild boar and home made wine (and stronger). What do you want more? ( perhaps frog’s legs, people breed them here….)

Due to its position - between the Alps, the Dinarics and the Mediterranean -  almost all types of forests as well as many plant and animal species are gathered in the NP in a relatively small area (65 km²). Alpine rose, orchis, edelweiss, aster alpinus, gentians. Lynxes and brown bears and wolves ( and the wild boar! ) lives here.
An attractive karst landscape.
The Kupa river rises in the Park.