Hike to Livaditis Waterfall

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Distance

1.1 miles

Elevation Gain

-656.2 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Andreas Brokalakis

Hike to Livaditis waterfall, the biggest waterfall in the Balkans.

Livaditis waterfall is a 60 meter high waterfall (considered to be the biggest in the Balkans area in terms of quantity and volume of water) located in a pristine forest between the cities of Drama and Ksanthi in northern Greece.

To reach the trail that leads to the waterfall, you drive past the village of Livaditis and then towards the village of Erymanthos. It is a 2km gravel road that leads to a parking area where you can leave your car and start the hike. You will find a sign that marks the beginning of the trail which is approximately 1800m long (descent) and takes you to the base of the waterfall.

The trail is mild, with no technical difficulty and you will be walking under the shade of the dense forest. This makes it perfect even for hot summer hikes, as the sun wont be an issue. The trail is clearly marked and also you will find benches and other spots where you can rest. It starts at approximately 1160m altitude and at its end at the base of the waterfall it is around 860m of altitude, therefore you will be walking downhill. To reach the base of the waterfall you will need no more than an hour walking. To get back, you follow the same trail.

Since the trail is rather easy, it is equally appealing to solo hikers as well as casual walkers and families. I recommend that you carry enough water with you and a snack. Hiking shoes are recommended, though you wont need something too technical as there are no slippery surfaces or any climbing involved.

I haven't done the hike in winter time, so I cannot commend on how it is going to be during that period. People generally say that it is also wonderful during winter as the waterfall freezes creating a spectacular scenery. I would *strongly* advise anyone wanting to do the hike during winter to consult local people or local guides. For the other seasons (except when during strong rainfall), I consider the trail to be safe and you wont need a guide. As always, act responsibly and if you feel uncertain contact local people, guides or the forest department of the area before the activity.

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