Roski Slap (Krka Waterfalls)

Krka National Park, Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia

About Roski Slap (Krka Waterfalls)


Hiking Distance: < 1km loop
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2010-06-03
Date last visited: 2010-06-03

Waterfall Latitude: 43.90391
Waterfall Longitude: 15.9747

Roski Slap (or more accurately Roški Slap; pronounced “ROSH-skee SLAP”) was the other main waterfall attraction of Krka National Park.

But unlike our impressions of Skradinski Buk, we actually thought this part of the waterfall ought to have been free.

Krka_263_06032010 - The main drop of Roski Slap in Krka National Park
The main drop of Roski Slap in Krka National Park

We certainly didn’t think it was worth repaying the price of admission (since we couldn’t carry over our late day ticket purchase at Skradinski Buk over to the following morning).

So the moral of the story is to fit a visit to this waterfall on the same day as a visit to Skradinski Buk if you can.

Don’t do what we did and break it up into an afternoon-and-morning-after visit (unless you’re fine with paying the admission price twice).

The reason why we’re being a little harsh on this waterfall is that normally National Parks imply protection from human intervention.

However, we noticed private farms in the middle of the waterfall as we drove across the top of the Roski Slap.

Krka_287_06032010 - Some kind of mill utilizing the power of running water to do work at the Roski Slap
Some kind of mill utilizing the power of running water to do work at the Roski Slap

We also noticed a fair bit of development around the falls itself.

On top of all that, the falls wasn’t anywhere near as scenic as Skradinski Buk, which even had a little bit of human intervention on that.

But at least the scenic allure of Skradinski Buk managed to overcome some of the human-induced shortcomings.

So with all that said, we’ll describe our experience with this falls.

We’ll let you be the judge as to whether it would be worth your while.

Krka_278_06032010 - Geese swimming before Mlinovi Falls
Geese swimming before Mlinovi Falls

Who knows? Maybe you’ll wonder what we’re being picky about after your visit here…

Our Roski Slap Experience

After parking the car (see directions below), our visit consisted of two phases.

First, we walked towards a boat dock on the fringes of Visovac Lake signposted for Mlinovi Falls.

En route to the boat dock, there were water mills, a cafe, and even some examples of a natural laundry machine (at least that’s what Julie told me).

There were signs indicating that swimming was allowed at this part of the lake.

Krka_303_06032010 - A top down view of the Necklace Cascades further upstream from the main drop of Roski Slap in Krka National Park
A top down view of the Necklace Cascades further upstream from the main drop of Roski Slap in Krka National Park

But to be honest, the water didn’t exactly look very sanitary for a dip. At least the geese didn’t seem to mind.

But as for views of the Roski Slap Waterfalls, the boat dock provided partial views of the main waterfall plus another side cascade near the water mills.

And that was pretty much all of the waterfall that we were going to experience barring some boat cruise spanning the distance between Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap with a stop at the Visovac Island and its monastery.

Needless to say, we didn’t have time to exercise that boat option.

The Loop Walk Upstream of Roski Slap

Krka_312_06032010 - The Necklace Cascades viewed at an angle as we did a short loop walk upstream of Roski Slap
The Necklace Cascades viewed at an angle as we did a short loop walk upstream of Roski Slap

The other part of our visit here involved walking a pretty easy and flat loop around the so-called Necklace Cascades.

These cascades were really nothing more than a successive series of rapids arranged and banded in such a way that they resembled necklaces.

I presume that you would have to be into jewelry to make this association.

At the end of the loop walk, we walked back across the road (sharing it with cars, by the way) as we traversed the Krka River above the Roski Slap waterfalls.

It was during this part of the walk that we noticed some private farms as well as a building with a Croatian flag right in the middle of the falls.

Krka_318_06032010 - Looking upstream towards the Necklace Cascades, which were pleating upstream from the main Roski Slap in Krka National Park
Looking upstream towards the Necklace Cascades, which were pleating upstream from the main Roski Slap in Krka National Park

These out-of-place buildings and farms were among the reasons why we didn’t think this deserved to be called a National Park.

Finally, we noticed some misleading posters showing this set of waterfalls from somewhere across the lake looking right into the full extent of the falls.

From this angle, we thought it might have been worth our while to come here and get that view.

I had originally thought they came from some clifftop vistas somewhere on the west side of the lake, but the employees seemed quite sure they were from the air.

One guy did try to sell us the poster itself, though.

Krka_294_06032010 - Context of a bridge backed by mountains from somewhere near the brink of the main drop of Roski Slap
Context of a bridge backed by mountains from somewhere near the brink of the main drop of Roski Slap

And that’s why there are none of those kind of shots on this page even though it was one of the main reasons why I wanted to come up to Roski Slap in the first place.

They apparently weren’t publicly accessible, especially since I didn’t see helicopter tours to check out this waterfall or the region itself.

Authorities

Roski Slap resides in Krka National Park near Skradin in Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia. It is administered by the Krka National Park governing authority. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Krka_247_06022010 - We noticed this building (possibly a church) as we were leaving Skradin towards Roski Slap
Krka_251_06032010 - Full context of the Roski Slap Waterfalls and the development further upstream from it in Krka National Park
Krka_255_06032010 - Focused on a particular cascade adjacent to a mill by Roski Slap
Krka_256_06032010 - Somebody feeding some swans swimming in the lake or river just below the Roski Slap in Krka National Park
Krka_260_06032010 - Full context of the Roski Slap Waterfall backed by some mountain
Krka_268_06032010 - Focused look at the Mlinovi Falls, which was the main drop of the Roski Slap Waterfalls
Krka_277_06032010 - Geese or swans swimming before the Roski Slap
Krka_283_06032010 - Another contextual and more angled look at the Roski Slap in Krka National Park
Krka_284_06032010 - Even more full contextual view of Roski Slap and the northern end of Visovac Lake
Krka_286_06032010 - Geese swimming before one of the side cascades of Mlinovi Falls, which was part of the Roski Slap
Krka_005_jx_06032010 - Inside the water mill where we noticed quite a few interesting contraptions at Roski Slap
Krka_007_jx_06032010 - This contraption seems to churn the rushing water thereby possibly creating something like a washing machine at Roski Slap
Krka_290_06032010 - Julie having her fill of the mill and deciding to walk up a different path around the Roski Slap
Krka_292_06032010 - Looking down at part of what turned out to be the Necklace Cascades at the Roski Slap
Krka_297_06032010 - Looking downstream at the pleatings in the river that appear like the Necklace Cascades when viewed from further downstream and looking upstream
Krka_298_06032010 - Looking towards the Necklace Cascades from the opposite side of the river as we walked the short loop upstream from the main drop of Roski Slap
Krka_302_06032010 - Yet another angled look downstream at the Necklace Cascades
Krka_305_06032010 - Looking across some of the minor cascades that collectively make up the Necklace Cascades at Roski Slap
Krka_308_06032010 - Profile look at one of the pleated drops of the Necklace Cascades at Roski Slap
Krka_313_06032010 - Looking somewhat upstream at the Necklace Cascades as we nearly complete our short loop walk around the Roski Slap
Krka_323_06032010 - Looking directly upstream at the Necklace Cascades in context from the west side of the bridge traversing the top of Roski Slap

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For general directions to the town of Skradin and Krka National Park, see the directions for Skradinski Buk.

From the town of Skradin, it’s roughly 26km to the main car park at Roski Slap.

We headed west from the main part of Skradin (where the Hotel Skradinski Buk was) until it joined with a signposted road indicating that Roski Slap was further north.

Krka_322_06032010 - A bridge that also doubled as part of the short loop walk to take in the Necklace Cascades upstream from the Roski Slap in Krka National Park
A bridge that also doubled as part of the short loop walk to take in the Necklace Cascades upstream from the Roski Slap in Krka National Park

Then, we followed this road and the signs past a few villages until we reached a road (again signposted) that descended down the cliffs and towards the bridge traversing the top of the main Roski Slap Waterfall.

And it’s on the south side of the traverse where you’ll find the typically manned car park (ensuring you’ve got a valid ticket to be there).

It’s also possible to drive up to Roski Slap from the road paralleling the Krka River to the south from Skradin.

In that instance, you wouldn’t have to drive across the top of the waterfall since the car park would be on your side.

But the thing I should mention about this approach is that, there’s a pretty cool detour that I recommend.

Krka_328_06032010 - Context of the Visovac Monastery and the lookout area below just before the road descended to that lookout area
Context of the Visovac Monastery and the lookout area below just before the road descended to that lookout area

Basically follow the Visovac sign until you see a large car park with a developed overlook opposite the road.

The road ultimately descends to Lake Visovac, but you need not go that far unless you plan on taking one of the boats to the monastery.

That’s because the overlook provides a lovely top down view of the reflective Visovac Lake as well as the monastery in the Visovac Island.

All this is part of Krka National Park, and it’s that monastery that’s also included in the long boat tour between Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap.

Fixated on the main Mlinovi Falls


Fixated on a side waterfall as part of the Mlinovi Falls section


A naturally-powered washing machine


The so-called Necklace Cascades

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