Distance from the beginning of the eco-trail to Goren Alekov waterfall – 1 hour.
Degree of difficulty – mild.
The Strength and Life eco-trail or Petar Dunov‘s trail starts from the Simeonovski lakes, passes through the Upper Alekov waterfall, and continues to the Bai Krastyo area.
We made the distance to the Upper Alekov waterfall due to time constraints.
The trail is easy, in the beginning, there are many information boards and wooden signs with inspiring thoughts of Peter Dunov.
The path to the lakes from Simeonovo is very nice, there are gazebos and places for recreation.
Move on the right side, as the trail branches into two parallel paths and you can miss the beginning of the Eco-Life trail as it happened to us.
At the beginning of the eco-trail, there is an information board dedicated to the paneurhythmy.
Here is one of the signs on the path with thoughts of teacher Dunov.
Eco-trail Strength and Life and the White Brotherhood
Walking briskly, we came across a huge meadow important for the White Brotherhood, where they performed their dance in gentle rhythms.
Cross the meadow on the left and you will come out on an abandoned building with a parking lot. The road through the parking lot leads to Hotel St. George.
You start in the upper right part of the parking lot on a narrower path through the forest.
End of the eco-trail Strength and Life at Goren Alekov waterfall
You will reach a fork, where you can take the path from Simeonovo to Dragalevtsi, so you will reach the Upper Alekov waterfall, which fortunately was flooded at this time of year.
Alekovi waterfalls (Upper and Lower) are a beautiful cascade of the river Skakavitsa. They are best seen in winter and spring before the vegetation covers them. They are especially attractive when the snow melts when it is sometimes difficult to cross them.
They were called “Skakavitsa” or “Jumps” in the past before they were dedicated to Aleko Konstantinov, who often walked here.
Their total height is 20 m, with 2 water falls.
If you are taking a picture of the waterfall, watch out for the slippery rocks!
If you want to continue to the Lower Alekov Waterfall, see this article.
Have a nice walk!