Czech Republic

Article Doubrava Canyon

Through the wild gorge of the predatory river

Wrote 195 articles and follows him / her 9 travelers
Doubrava Canyon
Inserted: 28.08.2022
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
Suitable for:
Hikers
They been there:
They want there:

Between Žďár nad Sázavou and Chvaletice, the river Doubrava flows in a northeasterly direction. Between Ďírc nad Doubravau and Chotěboří, the river makes its way through the Iron Mountains and has created a unique canyon in the Czech Republic. The wooded canyon-like valley of the river offers a breathtaking but rather demanding walk along the left bank. The Doubrava Valley is part of the Geopark Železné hory

Canyon

The geological bedrock is changing near the village of Bílek. The river flows from the chalk deposits into the area of hard orthorolites. The flow of the river cuts into them and breaks through numerous rapids and waterfalls all the way to the village of Sokolovec.

Canyon
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Nature reserve

In the most valuable part of the valley, there are stone seas, waterfalls and giant pots. Among other things, crayfish and common wren live here. That is why the „Doubrava Valley“ nature reserve with an area of 92.07 ha has been declared here.

Nature reserve
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Learning trail

The most interesting part of the valley is a 4.5 km long educational trail following a red tourist sign. Thanks to the information panels, the visitor has the opportunity to get to know the local plants and animals and especially the significant geomorphological and geological phenomena.

Learning trail
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Carefully

The path is difficult in places and even in ideal conditions you need to be careful and supervise the children. In winter, it is possible to admire the frozen river with icefalls, but the terrain is very challenging due to the slippery surface or snow cover.

Carefully
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Felled trees

For the safety of tourists and the railway line, trees attacked by the bark beetle were cut down. Extra care must be taken when passing. The felled wood remains in the canyon to char. It can therefore be expected that a new mixed forest will gradually emerge here.

Felled trees
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Gorge Koryto

After a 2 km walk, the trails reach the 4 meter wide gorge „Koryto“. It is clearly the wildest place in the entire canyon. A series of rapids and rock sills culminate here in the 2.5 meter high „Great Waterfall“. In these places, steep rocks rise up to a height of 15 meters around the river. On the right bank is the „Giant Pot“, which was created by the gradual grinding of rock fragments by swirling movements.

Gorge Koryto
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Views of the waterfall

From the view of the waterfalls, you can see the considerable drop of the river, which falls by 55 meters on a total length of 1340 meters. The drop on the entire section of the educational trail is 83 meters.

Views of the waterfall
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
Bridge
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Bridge

After about 2.5 km, the trails reach a footbridge where it is possible to cross the river and return to the starting point along a comfortable forest path marked with a green sign. However, most tourists take the train from Chotěboř to Bílek and then return on foot for a few hours following the red sign.

Sokolohrady
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Sokolohrady

On the right bank of the river, the mighty rock promontory of Sokolohrady rises to a height of 30 meters. There is a lookout at the top at a height of 515 m above sea level, and there are several climbing routes on the walls.

Sokolov Castle

The remains of a former castle from the 15th century can be seen today at the top of the rock. Upon closer inspection, one can find a castle moat, the remains of a pentagonal tower and perimeter walls.

Sokolov Castle
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Rock lookout

From the castle, you can walk about 100 meters along a challenging rocky path to the rocky viewpoint above the canyon.

Rock lookout
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
Applaud the author of the article!
Share it on:

Practical information

Thanks!

Have you been there? Write a review of this place

Already rated by 0 travelers

Have you been there? Write a review of this place

You must be logged in to post a review or