Velika Paklenica Educational Trails
The most visited trail in the park leading from Velika Paklenica Canyon to the Mountain Hut. Ten educational boards providing information on the natural and cultural features of Paklenica National Park are placed along the trail.
Educational Trail Velika Paklenica
Paklarić Educational Trail with a viewpoint
The Paklarić Educational Trail is situated along the left bank of the Velika Paklenica stream, not far from Entrance 1. The entrance to the trail is marked by signalization panels. The educational trail begins by the old, renovated Paklenica Mill and leads to the Paklarić Fort at an elevation of 121 m, and the viewpoint providing a panoramic view. The trail is 550 meters long and equipped with four educational/informative panels: The stone houses of Velebit, Traditional agriculture of Southern Velebit, Livestock breeding in Southern Velebit and caravan route.
About the Paklarić Fort
Archeological research of Paklarić was carried in 2001. This included the defensive wall in the east part of the plateau, and a small amount of prehistoric ceramic and a large amount of medieval ceramic were discovered.
The said defensive wall is believed to have been built in the late Middle Age (14th-16th century) on and from the remains of a prehistoric stone wall fortification.
A large number of animal bones, shells and fragments of clay tableware were discovered on the west edge of the plateau. Significant findings also include three silver coins of Venetian dukes.
This defensive facility is also believed to have been built in the late Middle Age, supervising the important communication from the sea through Paklenica to Lika and back.
Educational Trail “Pjeskarica”
Educational trail “Pjeskarica” stretches from Paklenica Mill to the parking lot in the Velika Paklenica Canyon. It is positioned along the east bank of the Velika Paklenica stream. The 1,5 km long trail leads through the area of diverse relief forms and submediterranean vegetation. At the beginning of the trail, there is an area where educational programs named “School in Nature” take place, while the rest of the trail is equipped with interpretation panels and resting points.
Educational Trail “A Short Journey through History” and the Starigrad – Reljani Bike Trail
The eight-kilometers-long bike & pedestrian trail leads from the center of Starigrad – Paklenica to the reception in Velika Paklenica, through old villages all the way to Seline. The Educational Trail “A Short Journey through History” is part of this pedestrian & bike trail. It is equipped with five panels presenting the history of the area from prehistoric times to date.