st felix koflertal schlucht
st felix koflertal schlucht

Gorges of San Felice

Several deep gorges run through the Upper Val di Non valley, including the one of the San Felice Waterfall

Between the area of San Felice in the Upper Val di Non, the Palade Pass, which leads up here from Lana, and villages such as Cles, which are already in the Trentino, there are some deep gorges. They run like furrows through the high plateau and offer impressive views into the yawning depths even from the road. Here you will find the Koflertal, Höllental (Hell Valley) and Wassertal Gorges, which are lined by steep limestone walls. The gloomy rock faces are already impressive because of their height, in some cases there are only a few metres between them.

In this karst area, gorges, caves and sinkholes are not uncommon. The Novella Gorge or Canyon Rio Novella, which is also known among kayakers, is accessible. The Rio Novella stream has created a deep trench between the rocks here with the elemental force of water, into which the 75 metres high waterfall at Bus del Pis - also known as San Felice Waterfall - also cascades. Another accessible gorge is located about 7 km from San Felice, already in the Trentino: That of the Canyon Lago Smeraldo leads from Lake Smeraldo along the stream and between rock walls. The hike on the "Sentiero del Mondino" Trail connects these two gorges - Rio Novella and Lake Smeraldo.

Another tour in this area is the hike to the waterfalls of Tret which starts in San Felice in South Tyrol and follows the forest path marked "Cascata". It leads down 170 steps to a viewing platform above the waterfall - at the bottom the cool rock walls are impressive (approx. 1 hour).

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The Canyon Rio Novella is freely accessible from May to September.

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