Krka National Park opened in 1985 with a total area of 109km2 (26934.5 acres). Krka is in Šibenik – Knin County and includes the Krka River (from 2 km downstream of the town of Knin to Skradin) and the lower course of the Čikola River.
The park is alive with flora and fauna, having over 1000 plant species recorded so far. The are many amphibians, reptiles, and fish. It’s also very important to migratory birds in spring and autumn.
The area has traces of humans dating back to prehistoric times. It has monuments from Roman settlers, Croatian fortresses from the 14th century, churches, water mills, and waterfalls.
At the Lozovac entrance there are paid (1 Euro) and free bathrooms. The free bathrooms are behind the visitors center and very clean. They were closed on our way out of the park though, so you’ll want to stop at the bathrooms closer to the falls if you want to skip paying. You’ll also enjoy eating more if you skip the visitor center fast-food-type restaurants and eat at the beautiful locations at the waterfall. If you head towards the Mill you’ll find them early in your walk. If you start your hike immediately, you’ll find them near the end.
Skradinski buk is the most popularly visited waterfall in Krka National Park and is one of Croatia's best known natural wonders. We arrived at the park via the Lozovac entrance and we decided to skip the free bus to the falls and take the 875 meter (.54 mile) hike down. It was quite steep.
Krka is dog friendly and our pups loved it. Magnus and I did not enjoy the hike down. We aren’t as good with going down inclines as the other half of our little family. Daniel and Cirrus could walk up or down just about anything I think. There were several other dogs and the only issue we had is the planks of the walkways are sometimes a little far apart for small dog feet. Both pups had their back legs slip in between planks a few times. But they recovered well and kept running ahead anyway.
The waterfall was created by travertine barriers, islands, and lakes. The park has built an amazing path with trails and bridges for the Skradinski buk trail at 1900 meters (1.18 mile). I have never seen or heard so many amazing waterfalls. The photos can absolutely not do it justice. They also have historic watermills from the pre-industrial water-powered plants. The preserved mills date back to the 19th century. They have a high cultural and historical significance due to their primary activity and traditional appearance. The Krka Hydropower Plant is also at Skradinksi buk. The power plant was opened in 1895, just two days after Tesla’s hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls. Šibenik received electricity before many European cities.
Our hike was just under 4 miles total and 71 flights of stairs according to our fitness tracker. It would be a much easier experience if you took the bus and skipped the walk down and up. It was about an hour and a half from Split taking the scenic route which also skipped road tolls. It was an absolutely amazing day and we plan on doing it again, visiting other parts of the park.