Rock, valleys and caves
Navalishenskoye gorge is a wonderful place for those who want to relax and be alone with nature for a while.
Over millions of years the river Bolshaya Hostawashed limestone and formed the picturesque gorge, and the locals called it Navalishenskoye.
Currently, the Navalishenskoye gorge is one of the most beautiful sights of the city of Sochi. The slopes of this gorge are covered with relict trees: yew and boxwood.
Yaw and boxwood grove is a famous natural monument that is protected by the state. The grove is a branch of the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve. The sunrays can hardly penetrate the foliage of those trees, so the forest in that place is filled with a mysterious semi-darkness.
The total length of the excursion route is 1,500 meters. The rocks of the most fantastic shapes and sizes, a waterfall nearly four meters high, a small forest lake, as well as the Alek cave will appear before the eyes of travelers will appear. The ruins of the ancient fortresses, temples and castles sill remain In the vicinity of the Navalishenskoyegorge.
The highest point of the gorge is located at an altitude of 250 meters. Nevalishenskoye gorge is quite deep and reaches 140 meters. The river bends in narrow places and forms small waterfalls. The water of BolshayaKhosta is very clean. This is evidenced by the fact that it is inhabited by crabs. A lot of vegetation grows around the gorge, the most interesting among which are the hornbeam, bamboo, berry yew and Caucasian linden. There are a lot of plants listed in the Red book.
After an exciting walk, one can stop for a picnic in one of the picturesque glades. Close toNavalishenskoye gorge there is a café serving Caucasian cuisine. You can also visit the Russian bathhouse, play various games on the Playground, and go fishing at the trout farm.
How to get there: the 5th km in the direction to Kalinovo lake; turn right 100 m past the bridge.