LENGTH: 17 km
SURFACE: PAVED, GRAVED ROAD
TYPE: CIRCULAR ROUTE
Recommended direction: Slunj, Cerovac, Marindolsko Brdo, Mali Vuković, Slunj
Just as all the other routes in the Slunj area, this 16 km long circular route has a starting point in Rastoke, goes through some smaller villages, along the state and county roads, and along some sidewalks. The route begins in the Zagreb street, from which you’ll see a number of bubbly waterfalls formed at the confluence of the Slunjčica and Korana rivers. Turning from the street to the D1 state road, you’ll continue along the paved road and sidewalk to the industrial park in Gornje Taborište. The moment you enter the park, you’ll know people are quite busy there. For years now, there’s been a steady industrial output growth here. When you arrive at the easily recognizable crossroads with the county road Slunj-Cetingrad, you’ll be able to have a short coffee-break at the popular Rock Café. Continue along the side road to the right, through Mali Vuković and the beautiful forest, meadows and fields scenery, as well as the houses scattered on the nearby hills. A narrow and less busy road, with a number of steeper and smaller climbs, we ascend to Marindolsko Brdo, a village full of colourful orchards and fragrant meadows. The route leads further on to Cvitović. This area used to be the seat of the mighty and numerous Ladihovići clan, and according to some theories, the village was called Ladihović a long time ago, too. The tribe gathered in the pews of the parish church of St. Nicholas, on the Brkašica hill (361 m above the sea). This Catholic church is still beautiful and you’ll probably stop by and use your camera. The descent along the winding roads will take you to the village centre.
After one kilometer or so, you’ll turn right, on the gravel road leading through a dense forest, towards Gornji and Donji Cerovac. The gentle descent continues along the road next to Donje Taborište. After returning to the main road, we conclude the route on the sidewalk of the main road parallel to the Korana river, all the way to Rastoke. The route includes some more pronounced height differences and in spite of paved roads and sidewalks, the use of mountain- or trekking-bicycles is recommended.