Trg Svobode 17 -TIC Slovenska Bistrica, 2310 Slovenska Bistrica
Along the stream Bistrica...
The path through the Bistrica Gorge, the picturesque valley of the Bistrica stream, is full of natural sights and remains of human dwellings and work!
Where to begin, continue and finish?
The trail to Bistrica Gorge begins in Zgornja Bistrica. From the waterworks the trail continues along the Bistrica stream, which is crystal clear murmurs and roars over the rocks.
After a thirty minute walk take a rest at the Roman quarry, where in former times marble was quarried for Roman necropolises in Štajerska. You will be enchanted by the Šumik waterfall, which foams over 13 metres of eroded tonalite.
A little way further on you can turn to the left, where there is a steep trail that leads to Ančnikovo gradišče, the remains of a late antiquity fortress dating from the 4th century. Here during excavations forged articles were dug up, the most interesting of which is a bronze statue of Apollo. Along the way are numerous remains of mills and sawmills, which were once driven by the Bistrica stream. All the way through the Bistrica gorge the footpath runs in the shadow of mighty trees, and a part of the trail even leads through a forest reserve. The mightiest tree of all is the renowned Marolt fir tree with a circumference of 605 cm.
The trail through the Bistrica gorge ends in Močnik, however the trail can be continued on foot or by car towards Trije kralji, the lake Črno jezero or Areh, or you can return to Slovenska Bistrica via Urh, Tinje and Jurišna vas or via Šmartno na Pohorju.
Key sights along the way:
amphibolite quarry and Roman quarry,
Gradišče forest reserve,
Ančnikovo gradišče – late antiquity settlement,
Blažič power station and
Marolt fir tree.
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