Karst educational trail from Lebica to Krupa

This educational path runs through the shallow karst area within the narrow hinterland of the river Krupa and along the river itself. The karst region with numerous sinkholes, small springs, stone commons, fern areas, fern forests, the naturally preserved sessile oak and hornbeam forest, and the river Krupa is an exceptional outdoor classroom. A special feature of the trail are three smaller karst caves: the water karst cave Lebica, Malikovec and Judovska hiša, which is the only cave in Bela krajina that has been proven to be a Palaeolithic cave. Another proof of the shallow karst world is only a few meters deep sinkhole with a permanent spring called Vodenica and a sinkhole Medvednica.

Technical description

  • Waypoints: Semič–Sela–Krupa–Vinji Vrh–Trata–Semič
  • Start: the source of Lebica near the village of Sela in Semič
  • Access: road Novo mesto–Gaber–Semič
  • Length: 14 km
  • Time: 4 h
  • Highest Point: Vinji Vrh, 224 m
  • Difficulty: easy

Points of interest

Local Museum Collection Semič, Tabor house and defensive wall, parish Church of St. Stephen, water karst cave Lebica, Church of St. Michael, plague memorial in Trata (Pild), Malikovec karst cave, Church of the Holy Trinity in Vinji Vrh (a pilgrimage church), Judovska hiša karst cave, Vodenica sinkhole, Krupa River