Bike trails Karlovac & Duga Resa

The Karlovac County offers a number of possibilities for active vacationing and relaxation. If you’d like to get to know its beauty and attractions while cycling these 7 routes provide around 150 kilometres of marked cycling trails. So, while on your bike, you can get to know the Pokuplje plains, the four Karlovac rivers valleys, the stone bridges, ancient castles, old villages, wine-producing hills and expansive meadows..

Every cyclist, from the usual one to the sports-oriented one, is going to find a trail well-suited to his or her fitness level and the bike capabilities: the length of the routes ranges from around 30 to 60 kilometres, while the elevation differences between the lowest and the highest points range from 130 to 310 meters.

The routes mostly go along the side roads with less traffic, including the historic roads to the Adriatic Sea, the Lujzijana, Karolina and Jozefina, skirting many culturally and historically important sites. Some of them go along the picturesque valleys of the Kupa, Korana, Mrežnica or Dobra rivers, others wind near the medieval castles and churches, while still some others ascend through the wooded slopes and meadows.

If you’re not cycling too fast, you’ll smell the woods. the freshly mown grass, see the sheep. the deer, and the rabbits, hear the silence… And during the breaks, you’ll get a chance to drink from the springs, pick wild strawberries, and maybe even buy some cheese from a nearby farm.

# 1 On the Frankopan Counts Trails

Nedaleko od naselja Zagradci stiže se do povijesne Karoline, prve suvremene ceste kojom je Karlovac povezan s morem. Za one koji ne znaju ili su imali lošije ocjene iz povijesti, ova cesta nije dobila ime po supruzi ili nećakinji austrijskog cara, već po samom caru Karlu VI., kojem je valjda dosadilo truckanje do mora.

# 2 Alongside the Tufa Cascades

Za polaznu točku ove kružne biciklističke staze možete odabrati izletište u Mrežničkom Brigu uz auto-kamp “Slapić”. Ljeti je tu privlačno kupalište na rijeci Mrežnici između obilja otočića i slapića. Uz kupalište su sportsko-rekreacijska igrališta, ugostiteljski objekt, stari mlin te lijepi, 205 metara dugi, most s drvenom ogradom koji se pruža iznad sedrenih brana.

# 3 The Heart of Nature

Iz “SrCa Prirode” staza vodi prema selima Piščetke, Kolenovac i Mali Modruš Potok, uz male uspone i silaske, a odasvud se pruža lijep pogled na gore, brda i udoline okolice Ribnika i Netretića. Doista, ljepšu ciklo-rutu teško je i zamisliti. Po dolasku u Netretić, po mnogima sjedište kraja čiji se žitelji nazivaju Brajcima, slijedi lagani spust povijesnom cestom Lujzijanom, koja povezuje Karlovac s Rijekom.

# 4 Alongside the Mrežnica

Kao ishodište ove staze predlažemo izletište u Mrežničkom Brigu kod auto-kampa “Slapić”, gdje se ljeti možete osvježiti u bistroj Mrežnici podno zapjenjenih slapova, a većinu godine i zaigrati tenis, odbojku na pijesku… Vodenica s drvenim kotačima, kao i suvremeni most obložen drvetom, vraćaju nas starim tradicijskim obrtima i potiču na ugodno putovanje bez žurbe i napetosti. Stoga vam preporučamo da prije polaska na ovu rutu istezanje obavite plivajući u Mrežnici.

# 5 Between the Green Rivers

Ova kružna biciklistička staza pruža se između Mrežnice i Dobre, dijelom riječnim dolinama, a ponajviše šumovitim pobrđem i prostranim livadama. Ako za početnu točku odaberemo Dugu Resu, gdje se možemo opskrbiti svime potrebnim, valja nam krenuti od gradskog kupališta na lijevoj obali Mrežnice. Uz kupalište je poligon za vježbanje, pa tu možemo obaviti zagrijavanje. Prešavši cestovni most, vozimo desnom obalom rijeke, kroz naselja Mrežnički Varoš i Mrežnički Brig.

# 6 Through the Meadows and Orchards

Biciklistička staza broj 6 je kratka i povezuje staze broj 2 i 5, pružajući se od zaselka Gršćaki do grada Duge Rese. Staza je zbog svoje kratkoće idealna ako ste nešto umorni i neraspoloženi za duže dionice, ili ako se iza brda skupljaju crni oblaci, pa se bojite pljuska. Od križanja nedaleko od Gršćaka, ova staza silazi predjelom bjelogorične šume, da bi neposredno pred Dugom Resom izbila među livade i voćnjake, spajajući se sa stazom broj 5. S toga mjesta pruža se zanimljiv panoramski pogled na Dugu Resu i okolicu, na dolinu rijeke Mrežnice te na brijeg Vinicu koji se izdiže povrh doline i grada. Sad je pravo vrijeme da iz biciklističke torbe izvadite fotoaparat i snimite nekoliko nezaboravnih fotografija.

Every cyclist, from the usual one to the sports-oriented one, is going to find a trail well-suited to his or her fitness level and the bike capabilities: the length of the routes ranges from around 30 to 60 kilometres, while the elevation differences between the lowest and the highest points range from 130 to 310 meters.

The routes mostly go along the side roads with less traffic, including the historic roads to the Adriatic Sea, the Lujzijana, Karolina and Jozefina, skirting many culturally and historically important sites. Some of them go along the picturesque valleys of the Kupa, Korana, Mrežnica or Dobra rivers, others wind near the medieval castles and churches, while still some others ascend through the wooded slopes and meadows.

If you’re not cycling too fast, you’ll smell the woods. the freshly mown grass, see the sheep. the deer, and the rabbits, hear the silence… And during the breaks, you’ll get a chance to drink from the springs, pick wild strawberries, and maybe even buy some cheese from a nearby farm.

After such an outing, chances are you’ll want to enjoy various local delicacies from the area’s restaurants. The accommodation facilities cater to a whole range of needs and wishes, from a “Robinson Crusoe-like” wilderness camp experience, to the feel of an old, original village house, as well as a more luxurious hotel setting. While driving through our part of the country on your favourite pedal-powered two-wheeler, we are convinced that you’ll experience many memorable moments.