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The rock has been named after a nearby farmstead, Zvartes, which was torn down after World War II. Now a visitor center has been built there.
Excellent place for recreation
The Zvartes Rock and its neighborhood offer great opportunities for leisure activities to be enjoyed by the whole family, a group of classmates or friends. There are several picnic areas for the convenience of visitors.
Also in the vicinity, one can take a look at Raganu Plavina (The Witches’ Meadow) and the Miglas Rock. From there you can go on a short walk along the Amata River to the Veclaucu Bridge and back.
When boating enthusiasts flock to the Amata during springtime floods, the Zvartes Rock is an excellent vantage point to observe their activities.
At the visitor center, you can receive information about the natural monuments in the Gauja National Park and the nearby areas, to see an exhibition of herbs, to buy souvenirs or simply to drop by for a chat. The visitor center has a vast car parking lot, WC and picnic areas.
The Zvartes Rock visitor center of the Gauja National Park will be closed from October 1, 2015, to April 2016.
Renovation of trails
At present (2015) visitors can access the Zvartes Rock only from the right bank of the Amata River because of ongoing renovation of the tourist infrastructure. The walking trails over three kilometers in length will be renovated, and stairs, a pedestrian bridge, plankways and a new viewing platform are being built. The access has not been closed off but the hiking trip across the bridge to the Zvartes Scarp and the Forest Mother’s Trail is temporarily unavailable to visitors.
From the Zvartes Rock, one can take shorter or longer hiking trips on the trail along the Amata River from Melturi to where the Amata flows into the Gauja River. The Amata Valley is rich in dolomite and sandstone outcrops, beautiful scenery and diversity of flora and fauna. Except for the Zvartes Rock, other geological formations can only be seen by walking along the Amata Trail from Melturi to the Veclaucu Bridge or taking a boat ride on the river.
Barn of Vielu farmstead
The barn of the Vielu farmstead is a fixture of the landscape around the Zvartes Rock. The legend has it that during the great storm of 1872 wind had carried the barn from the Zvartes farmstead on the riverbank to the meadow of the Vielu farmstead where it stands to this day. The barn underwent restoration in 1986.