When we think of a canyon we will immediately associate it with running river through it. This is about River Negovanka – a tributary of the River Rosica.
The Negovanka became popular for moulding such a picturesque gorge, to whose beauty you will touch only if you find at least a little enthusiasm in you to get away from the stress of your day and walk the distance of about two kilometres of the eco trail “Emen Canyon”. The Negovanka takes its name from Latin roots, and means short river with a near source.
The trail name comes from proximity to the village of Emen, near Veliko Tarnovo which in turn takes its name from its Turkish owner during the Ottoman occupation of Bulgaria. The trail along its full length follows the rocky edge of the canyon, and only inches separates the tourists from the edge of the abyss. This certainly adds the right dose of adrenaline to feel any exclusivity to both the place and on your initiative. In some places the karst rocks reach a height of 50 meters and the overgrown vegetation transforms them into an incredibly beautiful sight.
As you walk on the one side of the canyon, your view will be tempted to jump on the opposite side where are a lot of cave openings, holes, and rocks will tease you with their charm.
At the beginning of the trail is the Emen cave. It is 3113 meters long and occupies a seventeenth place in the list of the deepest caves in Bulgaria.
However, remember that the most extreme experiences here require special training and equipment. Therefore, it is best to proceed slowly and surely to the other end of Emen trail, because how else you will know what awaits you there? The road continues to follow the edge of the canyon and takes you through picturesque wooden bridges, which offer you dazzling and stunning views. Fear, admiration, wonder, contentment – you will feel all this, so all your senses will be equally satisfied and happy. Nature makes everyone silent witness to the eternal battle between strength and confidence of the stone and variable in its moods sparkling, clear water. Finally, carried away by the rapids of the river and trapped in your own perceptions, enchanted you approach the end of this eco trail. Din and noise of falling water majestically greeted you from afar. This is Momin leap – a waterfall with a height of 10 metres.
Violent and uncontrollable water rapidly descends into a large pool, surrounded by steep high cliffs – a real prize for the eyes and soul after covering the unusual distance. Legend connects the name of the waterfall with three Bulgarian girls who didn’t want to accept the Turkish faith and together jumped from the rocks into the pool.
Here, at the end of Emen Canyon – you can sit on a green meadow or on some felled from a storm tree for a deserved break and can convince yourself that you can never in your life see the American Grand Canyon, but should not miss the opportunity to fill the indescribable experiences of this unique eco trail.
Description of location:
Village Emen is located about 20 km west from Veliko Tarnovo and 8 km from the main road Veliko Tarnovo – Sofia. In the village of Emen there are signs pointing to the beginning of the trail “Emen Canyon.”
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And here are 2 pictures of the Emen Canyon taken by one of our friends Jane Venter: