The Trail Network consists of 5 trails. Some parts of the area are open to the public through this trail network, which consists of the Geological Study Path linked with an Open-air Rock Park, a Boulder-cliff Trail, Biological Trails and a Canopy walk. The Geological Study Path, because of its strict protection, can be visited only by interpreted, guided tours. The other trails are self-guided, but the Canopy walk is regulated because of safety reasons.
Due to technical problems the trail of the Canopy walk is temporarily closed!
Geological Study Path
The path reveals a treasure of paleontology, where much of the once buried paleohabitat is still unexcavated. Shark teeth in the shallow sea sediments; the paleosurface of an ancient dry land dotted by thousands of footprints of mysterious creatures; remnants of a petrified forest; all recall the memory of a prehistoric past. The trail is accessible even in rainy weather even by wheelchair. Signposts are in Hungarian and English. The footprint sandstone is exposed in two halls and in one protective cellar. The paleosurface of the newest ongoing excavation is protected by a wooden shelter.
At the end of the trail, the exhibition of the Tasnadi Kubacska Hall is world-class. The building was erected above an excavated area. Beside the in-situ fossils the reconstruction of the paleo-vegetation and high-tech 3 dimensional movie projecting the prehistoric track makers can give a unique interpretation of a vanished era.
Guided tours on the geological trail: III-X. months on Wednesday-Sunday and national holidays, between 9.30 – 15.30 h.
Rock-park Study Trail
It is a 700 metre- long trail from the Visitor Centre to the gate of the Geological Study Path. On the rock park study trail, each foot step marks 15 thousand years backwards in time towards the 23 million-year-old rocks of the Geological Study Path. To make the time travel more accessible, there are milestones beside the road, marking the passage of time in reverse, and recording major events at intervals of two million years. The geohistory of the region can be described by the local rocks, which are displayed between the “milestones” in the same ascending order of age. After the volcanic catastrophe 20 million years ago – during the gradual sinking down of the area – lignite layers were first deposited. Later various sea sediments became dominant, mixed with rocks from recurring volcanic activities in some places. Volcanic islands dotted the badenian sea. The region’s last 6 million years were marked by basalt volcanism and terrestrial sedimentation. During the last Ice Ages intensive erosion took place, and after a 20 million-year-long burial the Ipolytarnóc beds came to the surface again.
Biological study paths
The Biological trails start next to the gate of the Geological Study Path, and end at the visitor centre. Along the trails one can get acquainted with the area’s fauna and flora. The length of the trails are 2 and 4 km. Along the biological trails there are resting places, a look out, and short side trails, where visitors can see the historical remnants of local quarrying. There are signs along the biological trails identifying threatened and endangered species of the area.
The 4 km long trail has two sections leading along outcrops and deep ravins, a bit more demanding but worth the effort.