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Via Dinarica HR-G-03 Along Karolina Road from Ravna Gora to Vrbovsko

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Map / Via Dinarica HR-G-03 Along Karolina Road from Ravna Gora to Vrbovsko
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This stage of the Green Line, leading from Ravna Gora to Vrbovsko, follows the old Karolina Road (for 15 kilometers). The Karolina Road once represented a crucial transport link; today, it is one of the most beautiful Croatian panoramic roads. Interesting landscapes of the areas of Ravna Gora and Vrbovsko guarantee a pleasant tour.
moderate
14.1 km
2:00 h
137 m
762 m
The original Karolina Road was 106 kilometers long, and it connected the city of Karlovac with the bay of Bakar, and later with the port at Sušak, part of the city of Rijeka. It was named after Emperor Charles VI. The construction of the road began in 1726, and it lasted for ten years. Since the road was built at minimal cost, it was not suitable for the transport of heavy cargo due to the relief of the area, and it therefore did not fulfill the main purpose – linking the Adriatic with the interior of the Monarchy at lowest cost. Therefore, the construction of a new and better road called Louisiana began soon after the completion of the Karolina Road.

Since this section of the Green Line fully follows the road, it is best to pass it by cycling. From the center of Ravna Gora, the road mildly ascends. After that, from Stara Sušica onwards (7 kilometers away from Ravna Gora), follows a long descent through the villages of Jablan and Senjsko towards Vrbovsko (8 kilometers). The highest elevation of this route stage is 850 meters above sea level, and the lowest elevation is Vrbovsko, at 390 m.a.s.l.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Updated: 2016-08-03

Difficulty
moderate
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Altitude
1014 m
381 m
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Start

Ravna Gora (1005 m)
Coordinates:
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45.388232 N 14.952165 E
UTM
33T 496255 5026080

Destination

Vrbovsko

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Eva Smeele
2017-10-12
I hiked this stage (instead of biking), it felt a bit like a Pilgrim's route rather than a hiking trail, but it was not that bad for a road section. Except for the dogs in the villages, they were really aggressive! There's a grocery store in Vrbovsko. I camped next to the river on the opposite side of Kamačnik restaurant just outside Vrbovsko.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.1 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
137 m
Descent
762 m
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