LENGTH: 38,7 km
TYPE: CIRCULAR ROUTE
Recommended direction: Rakovica – Nova Kršlja – Kordunski Ljeskovac – Basara – Koranski Lug – Donji Furjan – Lađevac – Gornji Popovac – Slunj
The last cycling route in the Rakovica area, 39 km long and with a height difference of 144 m, connects the two municipalities, and its two closest towns, Rakovica and Slunj. It mostly consists of a gravel road, while only a small part consists of a paved road through settled and more dynamic areas. This is one of the more demanding routes, not only because of its length, but also because of the ascending stretches. One unique feature of this route is the fact that its large part follows the state border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, so it is not uncommon to run into a border patrol. Cycling in groups is recommended because of the route’s length, as well as because of a number of uninhabited stretches. As it is the case with most of the routes in this area, this one also starts from Rakovica. From its center, it then goes through Rakovičko Selište, to the Rakovica Forest Resort, famous for its accommodation facilities and various organized activities, such as riding and cycling. After that, you’ll go along a road surrounded by meadows, fields and an occasional house. Arriving at Nova Kršlja, you’ll follow the Kršlja creek, where the nearby equestrian clubs often take their guests for rides. At the very edge of the village, you’ll find the Barać caves, a unique site well suited for a memorable adventure. The caves were named after the Hungarian word barác, meaning “a friend”, symbolizing the friendship between the Croats and Hungarians in that region. Thanks to that, the whole municipality has been called “a speleological El Dorado”.
The gravel road will take you to Kordunski Ljeskovac, the devastated village near the Bosnian border. This is the beginning of an exciting ride through a number of quiet forest settlements. Parallel to the Korana river, you’ll continue upstream, through sparsely populated Basara and Koranski Lug. Through some quiet and war-torn villages, you’ll enter the Slunj municipality at the village of Donji Furjan. After Lađevac and Gornji Popovac, you’ll finally arrive to Slunj itself. At the end of the route, we recommend visiting the town’s points of interest, with the unavoidable watermills at Rastoke, where the Slunjčica river branches and also cascades over the travertine formations, flowing into the Korana river. The whole historic milling settlement is protected because of its natural, ethnographic and architectural heritage.