Súľov-Hradná na Považí, near Žilina.
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|Address:||Súľov Rocks, Súľov 57, 013 52 Súľov-Hradná, Tel: 0905 427 608.|
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|1973||declared a National Nature Reserve.|
|1975||marked educational trail built.|
Súľovské Skaly (Sulov Rocks) is a group of limestone cliffs which form extraordinary forms which resemble castles and bridges. The most impressive natural bridge is called the Gotická brána (Gothic Gate) and is obviously the ruin of a cave. The former castles in the rocks are also ruined, there are only a few pieces of walls which remain. And there are numerous outlooks, which offer great views. A marked educational trail is 7.5 km long and has 16 stops, which are supplemented by 17 information boards.
The limestone cliffs can be found on both sides of the valley of Súľov-Hradná. The rocks contain numerous caves and there are trails through the rocks. The biggest and most popular cave is Šarkania diera which is located at the north-eastern side. The rocks and pinnacles with the ruins of the castles Súľov, Lietava and Hričov are located on the western side of the valley. The trails are quite popular with families because the trails are not that long and there is much less height difference as in the trails of the nearby Tatras. Parts of the trails, especially on the routes to Hrad Súľov (Sulov Castle), are equipped with ladders and chains.
The rocks are an Eocene (Tertiary) limestone conglomerate which is imperfectly layered which probably formed along the limestone cliffs of the sea. Its basement consists of older Mesozoic dolomites and marly Shale Formation. The rocks were folded during the Neogene and the result is a typical relief inversion in which rocks in the axial part of the anticlinal underwent erosion while the synclinal parts resisted and became the ridges.