National Park Tara was established in 1981 as the largest area on the mountain massif with the same name between Bajina Basta and Visegrad. Having been listed as a national park, a larger part of Mountain Tara in norrower sense has been protected. That includes Crni Vrh and Zvezda with a part of River Drina Canyon. About 19.200 hectar park area is within Bajina Basta Municipality.
The massif of Tara and especially its protected area, consists of a series of hils, slopes and upper parts of mountain which are cut and seperated by deep gorges of rivers Racha, Derventa, Brusnica, The average altitude is 1000 -1200metres above sea level with a various difference in height. The heighest peak is Kozji Rid at 1591metres above sea level on Crni Vrh, while the lovest point is on Perucac Lake at 296 metres above sea level.
The ideal height difference is excellent for vista points such as Crnjeskovo, Oslusa, Bajnska Rock, Vitminovac, Biljeska Rock...The view from Bajnska Rock over the most beautiful part of the Drina Canyon and 1000 metres-high cliffs takes your breath away. Except that, nobody misses the opportunity to take a walk by the 365 - meter long river Vrelo (=spring ) in Perucac, which is the shortest Serbian river.
Tara NP is consisting of lots of ecosystems, 34 forest and 19 meadow associations and about 1100 discovered and described plant species. Mixed forests of fir-tree, spruce and beech are highly appreciated and admired and making the forest the highest quality in Europe. The associations including the Pancic Spruce have a special regime of protection and conservation together with 25 other less known endemic and relict species.
Among numerous fauna species a brown bear and wild goat are the most attractive animals. However, deer, wolf, wild boar, fox, pine marten are more numerous, while among birds the most important are eagle, grey falcon, hawk. The viper is the most common among snakes, same as the hucho-hucho among fish. Species like the Alps shrew and Pancic's grasshopper belong to rare species.
Various geological base layers mostly consisting of limestone, as well as mountain climate with plenty of rainfall are suitable for rich and diverse flora. There are 10 strict nature reserves and hundreds of nature monuments in the National Park.
National Park Tara borders with 7 villages with rare examples of traditional house construction. The reamins of an old castle in Solotusa, Racha Monastery and mediavel tombstones in Perucac and Rastiste remind us of past times.
Excellent forest roads and well arranged resting spots attract visitors. Mountain climbers and cyclotourists have tracks for themselves, while hunting and fishing have been part of the local tradition.
Kaludjerske Bare : It is well known tourist tradition with hotels "Omorika and Beli Bor ", which is 1000 metres above sea level and 16 kilometres from Bajina Basta in the estern part of Mountain Tara .
Mitrovac : It is situated on so called Flat Tara, which has central position on the mountain and on the borders of National Park, having well equipped largest centre for Children Tourism with 600 beds and a centre for visitors. In its neighbourhood there are Crveni Potok with Carpet Meadow, coniferous forests of highest quality, Banjska Rock vista point, Zaovine reservoir lake, the remains of the mediavel town.
Crni Vrh : It is the area belonging to the High Tara on so called "dry" border between the National Park and the neighbouring Visegrad region. It is in southwestern part and has Kozji Rid at 1591 metres asl and a couple of peaks higher than 1500 metres asl.
Mountain Zvezda : It is in north west of Tara massif, the River Derventa seperates it from Mountain Tara where the canyon of the River Drina makes it quite different from other similar places in the country.
Solotnik : It consist of the remains of an old castle, kilometres from Kaludjerske Bare, had been constructed on the foundations of much older fortresses in the middle of XV century
Racha Monestery : Founded in XIII century, 6 kilometres away from Bajina Basta.
Tombstones Stecci : These unique tombstones are very old monoliths made of stone, belong to Middle Ages, typical for Serbia, Bosnia, Dalmatia and Montenegro. Among the monuments necropolis proposed for the world's list of cultural heritage, one is in Perucac and the other one is in Rastiste.
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From Belgrade to Kaludjerske Bare, by bus or car, the shortest way -180 kilometre-leads through Valjevo, Rogacica and Bajına Basta where the head office "National Park Tara" and centre for vistors are located.
You can easily get to Kaludjerske Bare, a famous tourist centre on.Mountain Tara via Bajina Basta or Uzice.
From Backa or Srem ( north Serbia ) the road leads through Sabac, Valjevo and Bajina Basta, while from Banat ,Sumadija or Nis you can travel via Uzice or Kremna.