Sunday, April 10, 2016

Frenštát pod Radhoštěm Nature Trail

Me in a Golden Eagle nest on the boardwalk trail
Just outside of Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, a small town in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, I discovered a cool nature trail.

Called the Stezka v korunách stromů (Path in the treetops), the very short boardwalk goes out among the trees.  The path focuses on birds and has interpretive signs with full English translations (not so usual in this part of the country) and interactive displays.    

You'll also see the town's ski jump up close (bigger than they look on TV) and various other sites of local interest.  

The coolest thing might be the barefoot path, where you take your shoes off and walk on different types of natural surfaces--wood ships, river rocks, gravel, etc.  Quite unique.  

Barefoot path
From here you can also head up to Velký Javorník view tower, a steep but rewarding walk with great veiws, and even further along the red ridge trail along the Veřovice hills.  You can catch trains or buses from villages on both sides of the ridge--but plan ahead as connections may be infrequent.  


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