Bučací waterfalls

Waterfalls on Bučací potok can be found in the Ostravice cadastre and in the Smrk peak massif. It is one of the largest cascading waterfalls in the Carpathians, measuring a total of about 40 meters and located at an altitude of about 800 meters.

Information for visitors

Adress: , Ostravice
GPS: 49.51407500, 18.38052780
Bučací waterfalls map

Interesting facts Bučací waterfalls

The whole area around the waterfalls falls under the Bučací potok nature reserve, which was declared in 2004. The slopes in the area rise sharply and consist of Godul sandstones and shales, which are covered mainly with maples and beeches.

Road to Bučací waterfalls

Those who come from the Beskydy Mountains, or enthusiasts and connoisseurs of waterfalls, certainly know those on Bučací potok, but most people do not know about them. Despite the fact that these are the highest waterfalls on the Czech side of the Carpathians, the fact is that they are less known.

There is no nature trail, marked path or sidewalk leading directly to the waterfalls. Documentation of their origin and height was performed by doctoral students from the University of Ostrava only during the 1990s.

They are best accessible from the forest trail between the Nad Holubčankou saddle and the Na Skalce settlement in Ostravice. All you have to do is turn off the red-marked route at the crossroads (Ostravice-Smrk) and follow the forest path to the ford by the waterfalls. You can close the circuit if you go further, back to the settlement Na Skalce.

About the waterfall

The roaring waterfalls were created thanks to layers of sandstone. The highest waterfall is 6.5 meters high, falling on a 4 meter wide terrace, which is followed by a lower waterfall, 3.6 meters high. We get to the next waterfall about 30 meters from the main waterfall.

You can get the most impressive view here at a time when there is heavy rainfall or in early spring, when the snow is starting to melt. On the contrary, in summer and when there is a drought, the place does not look like a waterfall at all, but rather like a drying stream.

Author: Andrea Štyndlová