The Haj Waterfall is only a few minutes from the previously presented Zadielska gorge. The waterfall in Slovakia is located in the Gorge of Háj, part of the Slovak Karst National Park. Interestingly, it consists of not only one but 10 different waterfalls. The hiking trail leading through the forest is easy and kid-friendly.
The length, size and names of the ten unique waterfalls vary. What they have in common is that they are located in a 6.5 km long valley between two Slovak villages: Haj and Falucska. The gorge itself is 2.2 km long.
|Háj waterfalls and gorge||Details|
|Number of waterfalls||10|
|Highest waterfall||7 meters|
|Location||Slovak Karst National Park|
|Address||Hájske vodopady, 044 02 Háj, Slovakia|
|Distance from Kosice||40 mins / 45 km|
|Hike's duration||2-3 hours|
|Attractions nearby||Kosice, Zadielska gorge|
|Slovak name||Hájske vodopady|
Where is Haj Waterfall?
Address, map, parking, distance, getting there, approach
The Háj village is located in southern Slovakia, a few minutes from the Hungarian border. The gorge valley hides next to the village between the Zadielska plateau and the Jasov plateau. The nearest attraction is the spectacular gorge of Zadielska. It is a little more than 40 minutes from Kosice, located on the map as Hájske vodopady.
- Distance from Zadielska gorge: 11 km / 13 minutes
- Distance from Kosice: 45 km / 40 minutes
Not far from the entrance to the gorge, it is possible to park in some parking spaces along the road (road 3306). Parking is free.
More about the waterfalls
The height of the waterfalls is between 1 and 7 meters. Their water yield is greatly affected by rain. The largest waterfall is Veľký Hájský, which is 7 meters high, Here, you will find a rest area as well.
|Dolný Hájsky||5 meters||N 48°38.187 K 020°51.021′|
|Hájsky Veľký||3,1 meters||É 48 ° 38.201 K 020 ° 51.011 ′|
|Malá Hájska||2 meters||É 48°38.279 K 020°50.982′|
|Hájsky vodopád Malý||3 meters||É 48°38.320 K 020°50.977′|
|Hájsky vodopádik||1,5 meters||É 48°38.403 K 020°50.902′|
|Kamenný žľab vodopádik||1,4 meters||É 48°38.413 K 020°50.908′|
|Smaragdový vodopád||1,7 meters||É 48°38.423 K 020°50.910′|
|Veľký Hájsky vodopád||7 meters||É 48°38.433 K 020°50.912′|
|Stredný Hájsky vodopád||5,9 meters||É 48°38.514′ K 020°50.879′|
|Horný Hájsky vodopád||5,3 meters||É 48°38.330′ K 020°50.582′|
The valley has been shaped and shaped by the Haj stream to this day. The 10 waterfalls here are also detached branches of the river. The valley stretches from north to south.
The most famous rock formation in the gorge is the Devil's Bridge. It is the narrowest point of the valley, about 10 meters wide. The surrounding rock walls are 100 to 150 meters long. At the Devil's Bridge, a narrow path leads under the bridge to the Horný Hájsky Falls.
There are several caves in the valley (which is no wonder, as there are more than 1,000 caves in the national park). One of the best known is the Devil's Cave, the walls of which show the remains of former cave corridors. The entrance to the cave is 15 meters high and 2.5 meters wide.
In the valley, it is worth taking a closer look at the surrounding rock walls and the special flora and fauna.
The valley evolved from the collapse of a long cave system. This was later shaped by the 14 km long Haj Stream, a tributary of the Tarna. The human hand also played a role in the creation of the waterfalls, as mining took place in the area. The area is rich in limestone called travertine, used for construction.
The valley itself is 6.5 km long and the gorge is 2.2 km long. It is worth taking about 2-3 hours to walk it through. The waterfalls are located within 1.5 km.
You can go into the valley on foot, and even by bike. If you’re on a bike, reckon with having to get off the bike if you want to get closer to the waterfalls. Have a padlock that can use to lock it.
Rock climbing is allowed in some parts of the gorge - but not all year round. For example, it is only possible on the upper walls between July 1 and November 30. There are several waterfalls in the valley where you can climb.
Opening hours and prices
you can visit the waterfalls every day of the year; there are no opening hours. Parking and visiting are free. During winter, the waterfalls usually freeze; therefore, you can admire the unique scenery.
- Season: January - December
- Opening hours: Every day, 0-24
- Proces: Free
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