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The Emen Canyon

The Emen Canyon is a scenic location along the Negovanka River, in the foothills of The Central Balkan Range’s northern slope, 20 km from the city of Veliko Turnovo. The constantly flowing river has cut through the valley’s soft limestone to create many rapids, waterfalls, pools and recesses beneath cliffs that rise as high as 90 meters. The canyon begins to the south of the Novo Selo village and is interrupted near the village of Emen where the valley slopes rise sharply. For this reason the canyon is divided into two parts, The Upper and Lower Boaz.

Bulgaria’s first ecological route was laid out here, called the Negovanka Route, after the river. Bridges were constructed along the route, as were stairs and other wooden structures to make the excursion easier and more pleasant. Without a doubt, the most enjoyable part of the canyon is the secluded waterfall Momin Skok (Girls’ Leap). The falls are 10 meters high and enclosed on three sides by cliffs, with a wide, quiet pool beneath them. The waterfall was named for a legend about three young Bulgarian women who chose to throw themselves off the falls rather than be captured by the Ottomans who were pursuing them.

The Emen ecological trail begins in the village of Emen, but there is also a paved road to the Emen Cave, where the most interesting part of the canyon begins. The trail is well maintained for visitors' recreational enviroment.