Zádielská dolina

Most beautiful canyon in National Park Slovenský kras
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Lenght: 10 km / 3:05 h
  • Elevation: 460 m
  • Start / end: Zádiel

The karst canyon is almost 4 km long, at some points is only 10 meters wide and her walls are over 300 meter high. There is a spectacular view from the top.

The creek that passes through the canyon, Chotárny potok (also called Blatnický potok), forms beautiful cascades and small waterfalls, especially after heavy rain. Approximately in the middle of the valley stands Sugar Loaf, a 105-meter high rock formation that is the highest of its kind in Slovakia. The best way to enjoy the canyon is to follow the track up to the very top.

TIP: Once you are on the top of the canyon, you can continue on the blue trail to the village Turňa nad Bodvou, passing the Turniansky Castle. From Turňa, you can return to Zádiel by train.

FOR ROCK-CLIMBERS: The rocks are very popular climbing places. Due to conservation reasons, climbing is allowed only from August to March. 

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Schematická mapa výletu


  1. Start: Zádiel, parking

  2. 1

    3,6 km on red trail up to the end of the canyon (Zádielska dolina tourist sign)

  3. 2

    4,2 km on blue trail to Veľký Ščob tourist sign

  4. 3

    2 km on educational trail back to Zádiel

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N48.61355° E20.83275° - Zádiel, Košice county

Where to eat

Buffet „Ranč“ next to the hut "Zádielska chata" at the end of the canyon Zádielska dolina (opened typically on weekends) | If you came by car, you can try restaurant Reštaurácia pod hradom (www.restauraciapodhradom.sk) on the route between Zádiel and Turňa nad Bodvou


By bus to Zádiel, or by train to Dvorníky-Zádiel (which is app. 3 km from Zádiel) Autobusom do Zádielu alebo vlakom do Dvorníky-Zádiel (cca 3 km od Zádielu)

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