Tara River

The Tara River Canyon, created by the continual erosion, is one of the deepest chasms in Europe, and it is one of the most beautiful canyons in the world. The length of the Tara River is 144 kilometers, the river being born as the confluence of Opasnica and Verusa rivers, giving birth together with Piva River, to the Drina River, just beside Scepan Polje (Scepan Field). The canyon is 78 kilometers long, and its deepest sides are over 1300 meters deep. Tara River, one of the most beautiful rivers, flows bellow the wonderful steep slopes sometimes over 1000 meters deep, cutting forcibly its very way between the Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, Ljubisnja i Durmitor mountains.

The Tara River Canyon is a unique phenomenon in its depth of 1,000 and 1,300 meters in some places. It ranks just behind the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in the United States. Tara River with its course of 150 kilometers flows into Drina River. Tara River has its average fall of 3.6m/km, and it makes whole bunch of waterfalls – rapids and cascades which give a big compliment to Durmitor National Park, which Tara River belongs to. During its whole flow Tara River gets large amount of water from numerous springs and tributaries. On the left side Tara River has tributaries Ljutica and Susica and the most important tributaries are Vaskovaska River and Draga River. The most important spring is spring of Bajlovica River, which is located on the left side of Tara River in the Bucavica Cave. It yields several hundred liters of water per second and it falls to Tara River from 30 meter during its length of 150 meters. Tara River has a lot of special places, but the most beautiful ones are its cascades. Roar of some of its cascades can be heard from the very edge of the canyon. There are over 40 cascades, but the most famous ones are: Djavolje lazi (Devil's Lies), Sokovina, Bijeli kamen (White Stone), Gornji i Donji tepacki buk (Upper and Lower Cascade of Tepac), etc.

Flora of Tara River has managed to preserve many special species of flora originating from the most distant past. In the valleys of Tara certain species from the Ice Age can be found. Beside these special species, flora of Tara River is characteristic by different types of forests, such as: oak, ash, beech, black ash and birch. A large part of the canyon is covered with coniferous trees and among them the special place is reserved for black pine. The most famous locality of black pine is a primeval forest located in the canyon and it is called Crna Poda – which is a nature reserve. Black pine here could be up to 50 meters high and up to age of 400 years. The massifs of the canyon give such wonderful living conditions to chamois. In the locality of Tara River it could be found deer and wild boar, too. Tara River is also rich in fish, especially: brook trout, salmon, grayling, chub, etc.

In the place of Djurdjevica Tara there is a large bridge. Its construction began in 1938 and it was finished in 1940. As the time passed, the bridge became one of the symbols of this river. Even though it is build by human hands, when looked from above it looks like a natural part of Tara's curves. It perfectly became part of the natural surroundings like the very bridge be built by Nature itself. During Second World War the bridge was destroyed, like much else, but in the year 1946 it was rebuilt. The bridge is 154 meters long and it is 135 meters high.

Excursions to the very edge of the canyon are real visual adventure. These places offer a magnificent view. One of the most interesting is Curevac (1625 meters high). From here it is possible to see panorama of Durmitor mountain, and form the other side it is possible to see the Tara River Canyon. From Curevac a wonderful look on the village Tepca may be cast, with its houses and gardens, spread in an enlarging in the canyon. Nearby are Tmora, a place only 7 kilometers from Zabljak.