Trekking down the Devil’s Trail Near Smolyan

About

A hike down the so called Devil’s Trail – a challenging eco-trail meant for experienced hikers that follows the Buynovska river’s left affluent stream through a uniquely beautiful and diverse terrain comprised of steep cliffs, waterfalls, and interesting rock formations.

Highlights

• Follow the most thrilling eco-trail in Bulgaria

• See spectacular views from a great vantage point

• Walk beneath the Devil’s Bridge natural landmark

• Follow the Chatak Dere river and its waterfalls

Description

The most accessible entry point is through Borino village. We start our trek by crossing Chatak Dere river, which takes us through a centuries-old forest. The trail is secured and marked with directions, and there are benches and designated rest stops along the way.

The trail leads to the so called Devil’s Bridge – a rock formation in the shape of an arch, caused by the constant flow of the river through this area over the course of centuries. The distance between the bridge and the water level is 18 m, and the aperture is 6 m wide. The thickness of the “bridge” part of the cliff is 3-4 meters. From there you can see parts of the magnificent gorge of the Chatak Dere river. Trekkers pass under the Devil’s Bridge and through the narrow parts of the gorge via wooden platforms attached to the side of the cliff using steel consoles and suspended over the canyon. The steps are perfectly safe, but steep as they run up the side of the canyon, offering an exhilarating view of the turbulent river right beneath the platform.

We move on from the Devil’s Bridge and head further down the trail towards the beautiful, cascading Hidden Waterfalls. Further down we’ll pause by a small drinking fountain. The rest of the trail takes us to the alternative, southern starting point, where Chatak Dere river meets Buynovska river. Yagodina cave is near this point of the trail.

To those who have a passion for taking on nature's greatest challenges, we recommend our day of spelunking in the Haramiiska cave, located in the area.

Price per person

• For a group of 6 or more: 30 €

• For a group of 2-5: 50 €

• For individual tourists: 80 €

Inclusions / exclusions

The price includes

• A guide

Notes

It’s named the Devil’s Trail for a reason. This trail is only suitable for experienced and physically fit hikers. It involves step terrain, high places and stair climbing. Comfortable shoes are a must. Wearing a sunhat is advisable.

To less experienced hikers, we would recommend the White River eco-trail.

Transfers to the area of the trail available on request.

The whole trail is 14 km long.

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Hiking

4824 Борино, България

Starting point - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

4 hours

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Live tour guide available in English

Maxiumum number of participants - 15 people

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