Via Dinarica Trail in Croatia - White line - HR-W
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On the mountain of Velebit, Via Dinarica follows the route of the Velebit Hiking Trail (Velebitski planinarski put). In the area of northern and central Velebit, the central part of the White Line route is the famous Premužić Trail, with climbs to attractive peaks near the trail readily available as an add-on to the regular tour. In the area of Paklenica National Park, the White Line takes hikers next to the highest peaks of Velebit (Vaganski vrh and Sveto brdo), continuing to the southeast towards Tulove grede and Crnopac, descending to Gračac and Cerovačke Caves, arguably the most beautiful caves in Croatia. In the elevation zone between Tulove grede and Prezid, the White Line is briefly interrupted due to mine suspected areas.
In continuation of the route, from Gračac to Knin, the main direction is defined by the D1 state road. In order to avoid the 55-kilometer long road section, the trail links various attractive sites with development potential (southernmost slopes of Velebit, Poštak hill, source of the Zrmanja River, Oton hill, etc.). Prior to Knin, the Promina branch of Via Dinarica White Line climbs across the Krka River towards Promina, and then proceeds further across Kijevski Kozjak towards Vrlika and Cetina, where it reconnects with the Via Dinarica White Line.
Due to the unique characteristics of the mountain of Dinara, which gave the entire Dinarides and the Via Dinarica trail its name, the White Line branches into three route options in the area of Dinara, from Knin to the southern edge of Kamešnica. From the hiking point of view, the most attractive option is the elevated Troglav route, leading along the peak zone of Dinara, Troglav and Kamešnica (the so-called "Operation Storm Trail"). Due to the demanding terrain, limited accommodation options and water supply, and the impossibility of crossing the state border in higher elevations, there are also two alternatives to this particular option available in the area of Dinara – the Livno route (across the mountain pass and border crossing point of Strmica) and the Cetina route of the White Line (down the Cetina River towards Sinjsko polje).
From Knin and across Dinara, the White Line follows the imagined lengthwise tour of the mountain od Dinara to the source of the Cetina River, where the trail connects with the Promina route and separates from the Troglav route. In continuation, the Cetina route of the White Line follows the course of the Cetina River downstream along the shores of the lake of Peruča to the edge of Sinjsko polje. From the Peruča Lake onwards, the trail continues along the pilgrimage Route of Our Lady of Sinj, which brings the White Line to the state border with Bosnia and Herzegovina at the border crossing point Aržano – Prisika.
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