Slavinjsko Grlo

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Location: Slavinja, Stara Planina National Park.
A4/E80 exit Pirot, 221 across the mountains to Slavinja.
(43.151050, 22.855750)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: n/a
Dimension: L=500 m, H=60 m.
Guided tours: self guided, L=2.75 km, D=1h.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Slavinjsko Grlo, Slavinjy, Pirot District.
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Славињско Грло or Slavinjsko Grlo (Throat of Slavonia) or Rosomački Lonci (Wolverine Pots) is a spectacular but small gorge. The first name is after the nearby village Slavinja and the commonly used name. The second name is after the Росомачка река (river Rosomac) which flows through the gorge. In recent years it was made accessible by a trail leading to the gorge and an educational sign at the entrance to the gorge. However, there is no trail through the gorge and so it is not possible to enter, the view of the gorge is actually restricted to two viewpoints. The trail starts at Slavinja and leads along the river uphill to the gorge, an easy walk of 1.4 km one way, so you should plan about 1 hour for the trip. The rest area and educational sign are at the lower entrance of the gorge, then the trail leads above the gorge to the upper end which offers another great view.

This gorge is quite spectacular. The rocks have horizontal layers which are rather thin. The erosion has modelled them so the wall look like they consist of a stack of plates. While the gorge is actually 500 m long, the trail covers only the lower 200 m which are the most spectacular and narrowest part. The gorge has up to 60 m high walls.