About Cascata Tervela
The Cascate Tervela (or Cascata di Tervela) was kind of an obscure waterfall by the town of Santa Cristina di Val Gardena. With hardly any signage informing visitors of its name nor where to park for a closer look, it almost seemed like this was a waterfall that was taken for granted. That said, lots of people would have at least seen or noticed this waterfall because you’d see it if you were driving east towards Val Gardena past the turnoff for Santa Cristina just before entering the tunnel!
As for experiencing this waterfall, I managed to do so by finding parking near the Monte Pana Cable Car Station (see directions below). Because I had an early start, I didn’t have trouble finding parking here, but given how few spaces there were, I could easily envision that parking would be hard to come by later in the day.
In any case, once I scored a parking spot, I then walked downhill on the street past the Monte Pana cable car station on the left and over a bridge above the Grodner Stream as I reached an intersection. I then followed the road uphill to my right as it climbed up towards a switchback. At that switchback, I left the road and followed what looked like someone’s driveway leading up to an accommodation. After passing beneath the accommodation, the trail continued as it hugged a ledge providing views back towards Santa Cristina and the surrounding Dolomite mountains.
Shortly after rounding a bend, I was face-to-face with the main drop of the Cascata Tervela, which probably dropped some 30m or so. The hiking trail continued to climb eventually towards Monte Pana, but I was content to get my views from the base of this waterfall, especially by the bridge fronting it.
Looking downstream from the bridge and the trail, I couldn’t help but notice that there was a lower drop that couldn’t be seen from up here. However, it would have been quite visible by people driving east on the SS242 Road down below.
After having my fill of this spot, I walked back to the car. The total time it took for me to do this short walk was on the order of 15-30 minutes.
While it was tempting to call the excursion done at this point, I did want to see what drivers would see. So in order to do that, I walked past my rental car and towards the roundabout at Via Dursan. Then, I followed this street west towards the uphill street called Via Paul.
It was along this narrow street that I manged to get a nice satisfying view of not only the Cascata Tervela with its lower drop (possibly making its total height about 50m or so) next to the road tunnel, but I was also about to see Monte Pana together with it. This was the spot where I took the picture you see at the very top of this page.
Adding this extra bit of walking probably added another 15-30 minutes to the overall excursion.
The Cascata Tervela was pretty much right in the town of Santa Cristina di Val Gardena. Since we stayed at the neighboring Selva di Val Gardena, I’ll describe the driving directions from there. For driving directions from places further away, I’d use Google Maps or any routing app and use Santa Cristina Valgardena as one of the destinations.
So from the center of Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein), I headed west on the SS242 for nearly 4km before turning right onto Strada Gardena. This turnoff was shortly after the second tunnel on the SS242.
Once on the Strada Gardena, which became Strada Dursan, I then took the first exit at the roundabout to go onto the Strada Pana. This was the street where I managed to find a parking space early in the morning.
Overall, this drive took me a mere 10 minutes. That said, it might have been possible to take the roundabout between the tunnels to get to the Strada Pana from the east side of the roundabout. That way would have passed through the town center of Santa Cristina, and it might have more opportunities for parking.
If you’re coming from the west, you could take the Strada Gardena / Strada Dursan before entering the tunnel on the SS242. Even if you miss this turnoff and go through the tunnel, I think you can still take the roundabout after the tunnel and backtrack as I mentioned earlier.
For context, Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein) was about 20km (about an hour drive) west of Corvara in Badia, about 22km (over an hour drive) north of Canazei, 43km (over an hour drive) east of Bolzano (Bozen), and 72km (over 90 minutes drive) southwest from Brunico (Bruneck), Italy.
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