Due to a great popularity of cycling for recreational and competitive purposes three mountain bike trails have been created and marked in the area of the Kozara National Park in cooperation with Pro-cycling Cycling Club, Prijedor.
Above-mentioned trails will provide all fans of excitement and adrenaline and hilly rides with not only enjoyment of riding a two wheeler but also enjoyment of the Kozara National Park natural beauties.
The diversity of plants and animals, forest complexes, viewpoints, glades, brooks and dynamic relief will make your ride more attractive.
The trails can be used by both recreational and professional mountain biking fans for the purpose of training and competitions. The trails use existing communications such as asphalt and macadam roads, dirt roads, skid roads.
These loop trails begin and end at Mrakovica, the central part of the Kozara National Park. The shortest trail is 4 km in length, with an elevation of 175 m. It is a recreational trail and it stretches in the area of Mrakovica. Other trails are created as competitive ones, but they can also be used for recreational purposes.
The signage is simple featuring metal rhomboid posts with marks. Each trail has different color of sign posts upon which they were named: Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and they have different length and difficulty rating.
Mrakovica Blue Trail is an easy loop trail around the Mrakovica plateau. It is 4 km in length and goes along asphalt roads. This trail passes by all the major tourist facilities in the area of Mrakovica and it is suitable for all ages.
The other trails are designed for trained cyclists i.e. mtb fans, and they require physical strength and specific gear and equipment.
Kotlovaca – Zovik Green Trail leads from Mrakovica over Gavrin klaem, Glavusa, Besica poljana, Kotlovaca, Zovik, Pisala, Gavrin kalem to Mrakovica. The trail runs through the most beautiful sites of the National Park such as waterfall at Zeciji kamen, viewpoints at Bijela stijena and Zeciji kamen and goes through dense mixed forests. Difficulty rating: very difficult.
Mljecanica – Pasini konaci – Vodice Red Trail starts at Mrakovica and leads over Gavrin kalem, Glavusa, down the Mljecanica stream up to Pisala, over Vodice and along Mrakovica – Podgradci asphalt road reaches Mrakovica. Trail length: 24 km, difficulty rating: middle. Gola planina – Duge njive – Tockovi Yellow Trail is the most attractive and picturesque trail. It starts at Mrakovica, leads over Gavrin kalem, Benkovac, Mrakovica, razboj, Bijele vode and Podine up to Gola planina and Duge njive. Gola planina is the highest peak of the National Park featuring vast meadow plateau with a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding (Banja Luka, Prijedor field, Manjaca, Grmec, neighbouring Croatia). The trail goes back over Bijele vode, Razboj, Pionirska livada, below the Bijele vode motel it connects to the Mrakovica – Podgradci asphalt road reaching finishing point at Mrakovica. Difficulty rating: difficult.
KOZARA CYCLING ROUTE
Kozara cycling route, with a total length of 30 km, connects the Kozara National Park, the Mostanica monastery and Kozarska Dubica. Along the route blue cycling signs such as road signs and boards with the maps of the route have been placed.
The route mostly runs through the Kozara National Park and a beautiful landscape consisting of deciduous and coniferous forests and the river Mostanica valley. Four rest areas and three springs are situated along the route connecting the Kozara National Park and the Mostanica monastery. The rest areas containing wooden canopies, tables, benches and bicycle holders are located in Vodice, Jojin bunar, Pasini konaci i Kojinac. Cyclists can refresh themselves at springs located in Mrakovica, Jojin bunar and Kojinac.
The route connecting the Kozara National Park and the Mostanica monastery is 15 km in length and it runs along the macadam regional road R477a Mrakovica – Mostanica – Kozarska Dubica.
Kozara cycling route is a part of 60 km long international route which connects the Kozara National Park, Mostanica, Kozarska Dubica, Jasenovac and the Lonjsko polje Nature Park in Croatia.