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Soča Trail: Small troughs - Big troughs of the Soča

The walk along the Soča Trail between the Small and Big Troughs begins right after the bridge to the village (by the Jelinčič Tourist Farm and Korita Campsite). The trail forks right after the bridge, and follows a gravel road to the footbridge. The information board on the architectural heritage of Trenta has been erected by the footbridge. The trail then runs along the left bank of the Soča to the village of the same name.

You can cross the river and take a look at the church of St Joseph and a cemetery of Austrian soldiers who died during the First World War. The church of St Joseph was built in 1718. In 1944 it was renovated and painted by Tone Kralj. Kralj painted the interior of the church in the colours of the Slovenian flag and depicted Hilter and Mussolini as God's enemies.

From the village of Soča, the trail runs straight along the left bank of the river. Below the village another natural attraction awaits: Big Troughs of the Soča (Velika korita Soče). Standing on a swinging footbridge you can take a good look at the 750-metre long and 10-to-12-metre-deep picturesque troughs. In some places, the troughs are only 2m wide. The Soča Trail takes you just above the troughs until they end at the beginning of a Trenta's side valley, Lepena.

You will come to the road for the Lepena valley and after about 5 minutes of walking descend to the river again and take a look at the end of the magnificent Big Troughs. You will no doubt enjoy the play of trout in the deep, emerald-green pools of the river.

Further downstream, kayaking on the Soča and sport fishing on the Lepenca river are permitted.

Access: by car to a small car park, leave the main road at the turn-off for the village of Vas na skali. As the trail is not circular, use of bus is recommended.

Estimated time: 1.30h for this part of the Soča Trail.

Big troughs of the Soča.

Horse riding by the Soča river.

Points of interest

At Jelinčič Tourist Farm you can taste and buy quality home made food and take a look at the farm dairy.

100-metre-long and 6-metre-deep Small Troughs of the Soča (Mala korita Soče) can be viewed from the bridge just below the Jelinčič Tourist Farm.

Church of St Joseph in the village of Soča

Military Cemetery in the village of Soča

Big Troughs of the Soča

The Lepena valley is a starting point for mountain tours to the area of Krnska jezera (Lake Krn) and the hut Dom dr. Klementa Juga at the end of the valley.

Cemetery of Austrian soldiers in Soča village.

Jelinčič diary farm.

Food and accommodation

At the end of this part of the trail, there is the Jelinčič Tourist Farm which offers local food, home-made sheep cheese, accommodation in rooms and a tour of the farm dairy.

The Korita Campsite is located in the immediate vicinity of the Jelinčič Farm.

In the village of Soča, about 200m from the church, the Pri Andrejcu restaurant is located, providing guests with food and drinks and nice accommodation in rooms.

In the village of Soča, the following accommodation facilities can be rented: private rooms (Pretner, Likar), and rooms and apartments (Mitja Cuder).

Pristava Lepena, a charming holiday village, stands at the beginning of the Lepena valley. In addition to restaurant and accommodation in rooms and apartments, Pristava Lepena offers a number of attractive additional services: organisation of workshops and conferences, sauna, horse riding, fitness, tennis, archery.

Further in the valley, there is a friendly Penzion Kamp Klin which offers typical local dishes and accommodation in rooms and in the campsite located at the confluence of the Soča and Lepenca rivers. Kamp Klin also sells fishing permits.

In the heart of the valley, on a hill rising above the right bank of the Lepenca, apartments (Jožica Pretner) and rooms (Jože Hosner) can be rented.

Dom dr. Klementa Juga at the end of Lepena is open in the summer season and offers food and drinks and accommodation in private rooms and dormitory rooms.

The Soča Campsite is located above the Soča river, 500m from the turn-off for the Lepena valley from the Bovec – Vršič road.

On the other side of the road, apartments can be rented at Apartmaji Ada or at Apartmaji Jožica Komac further down the road towards Bovec.