A wonderful easy walking trail on forestry road, if you want easy walk don't go anywhere from this road just keep walking and turn back when you think was enough. Even if need to go uphill all time it is easy very pleasant. Views are beautiful after the first mile.
This is part of Kakopetria - Troodos Nature Trail. I made a loop involve older closed road goes to the Chromium Mine and Nature Trail to go back. Chromium mine road is closed due pretty bad rock falling and mine not operate either... You can get over on rock falling but can be dangerous due falling rocks so think twice .. you can take newly made nature trail as well (my return path) Original trail went on closed road I found 3km sign. Abandoned Chromium mine has nothing special too see, I didn't find in hurry the main entrance. may exploded once mine was closed. I found a cute little man made lake before the house of mine field. So many happy frogs did love their little world, was so cute.
From the house you can get quiet easily the nature trail and go return to the starting point or move forward to Troodos.
Kakopetria’s Forest: The forest of the village covers 25.500 hectares and it lies on Troodos. It consists the National Forest Park. It is one of the most beautiful forests in Cyprus and has many natural beauties such as natural trails and roads.
The most important trails are:
The trail which begins from Xilovrisi Troodos – Mnimata ton Episkopon and it stops in Apotheri. In older times, this trail was the main road for Troodos.
The trail which begins from Kannaoures-Pezounokremo and it stops at Saint Nicolas Stegis. Some of the most important locations in the forests are: Laxia tou Koufou, Skotini, Apotheri, Pezounokremmos, Zoumi, Neron tou Pefkou, Kokkinorotsos, Troullin tou Mouchtari, Livadi tou Papaphilippou, Pitera, Mnimata ton Episkopon, Alas, Platania, Karvounas, Pikromiloudi, Kannoures and Fterikeri.
The most important types of trees and bushes are: Turkish pines (pinus brutia) start from Kakopetria and stop in Amiandos. On the top of Olimpos you will meet many Austrian pines (Pinus nigra) and of course cypresses. The banks of the two rivers of the village are dressed with platans and aldes. You will be amazed by the platans near the forest station of Platania. The main types of bushes are: latzia, antrouklia, sfentamies, sterakies, wild apple trees, wild roses and xistarkies.
The majority of the village of Solea and Pitsilia take potable water from this forest. Garilis and karkotis, which rise from the forest, are joined in the village and form another river called Klarios which irrigate the valley of Solia.
In village, near the forest station there is a camping place for the tourists. The forest station is the base of three other forest regions: the one of Troodos, Limassol and Adelfi.
At “Moutti ton mnimaton” above the “Mnimata ton Episkopon” there was the first fire guard house. At that time, when a fire had burst, the two rangers of the area run to the fire station of Platania and informed the fire men. Nowadays, the messages for any fire bursting in the area are sent by phones, cell phones or walkie-talkies.
During the Turkish occupation, there were big kilns for the elaboration of tar. You can see one of them near the location “Pervoli”, another one at the location “Atsoupokamino”, near “Pikromiloudi” and the last one at the location “Kamioudi”.
Till recently there were chromium mines at “Nero tou Pefkou” (pine’s water) and Kannaoures. Near Saint Nicolas Stegis, there was a factory for the elaboration of chromium. Many inhabitants of Kakopetria and of other vicinal villages worked there.
If you have not enough water with your self you can take here and at many other places fresh mountain river water.
What else we need ? Beautiful!
How nice when road made they didn't cut the tree
You can go left here and return from the Chromium Mine, this is the safest way.
River is beautiful very well marked trail, but you will miss many beautiful views.
Forestry road did offer magnificent views so I did switch nature trail route here
You can get over if you climb closely to big rock wall, but your own risk .. nobody knows when falling will continue. I think especially dangerous at winter and in rainy weather.