Hajnáčka Castle above the village of Hajnáčka with Ragáč Hill in the background
Author: Jozef Kopor

Protected landscape area Cerová vrchovina

In the protected landscape area Cerová vrchovina there are 9 tourists marked trails, 4 educational trails, and 3 educational areas, which pass through the most attractive parts of the territory and provide an opportunity to explore this land of extinguished volcanoes.

Cerová vrchovina is literally a large geological open-air museum. Here you will find examples of volcanic cones and lava flows.

Hajnáčka and its surroundings are among the most attractive destinations on the edge of the Gemer part of the Cerová Vrchovina. Directly above the village stands a rocky cliff of volcanic origin, on which stands a hidden ruin of a castle from the 13th century. An educational trail with trilingual information panels will take you to this typical landmark in a few minutes.

Near the village is Kostná dolina, a site of bones of tapirs, mastodons, and other animals living in the Cenozoic era. An abandoned quarry above the entrance to it is often called the most important Carpathian deposit of blue gems (sapphires) in basalt.

Popular destinations near the village are the hills Ragáč (537 m above sea level) and Pohanský hrad (578 m above sea level). They are connected by a green marked hiking trail and approximately the same ascent time of 1:15 am, but in the opposite direction to each of them.

The Pohanský castle hides the remains of a stone wall of ancient Celts, the remains of a Slavic fortified settlement, and also a rock town with more than 30 pseudo-karst caves, which were once inhabited by our prehistoric ancestors.

Ragáč is the second youngest volcano in Slovakia, the top of which is a debris cone with sintered bombs, debris, and fragments of lava.

The third unique destination, a little further away, is the Rock Steblová Skala (486 m above sea level) following the yellow and green tourist sign. An exemplary prepared volcanic formation with significant columnar separation of basalt. Around 35-60 cm thick columns are exposed to a height of up to 50 m and arranged in the form of an inverted fan. While at the top they are almost vertical, the lower ones are inclined at an angle of 40-60 °.

Cerová Vrchovina has something to offer to everyone.

Fans of fishing or visitors looking for relaxation will enjoy themselves in the quiet bays of the Petrovce reservoir near Gemerský Jablonec, which is also a nesting place and a stop for migrating waterfowl. In its vicinity is a protected area Beležír, declared for protecting the European ground squirrel. A few kilometers further, there is a magical narrow valley with a preserved swamp habitat and protected area Fenek with rare flora and fauna. You can reach it along the yellow marked hiking trail from the village of Petrovce.

An 11-meter-high lookout tower rises above the village of Tachty in the southernmost tip of the region. It provides a nice view of the whole area, part of the Cerová Vrchovina, and a nearby reservoir, only a kilometer away from Hungary. One curiosity is, that from the southernmost tip of the region (if the weather is good) you can see the 80 kilometers distant Kráľova hoľa.

Address: Východzí bod na túry v Gemerskej časti CHKO, 980 33, Hajnáčka, SK
GPS: 48.216206, 19.953238
Website: http://chkocerovavrchovina.sopsr.sk/sprava-chko/
Email: schkocv@sopsr.sk