Cave Park Grabovača
- Protection category: significant landscape (2018)
- 5 caves protected in the geomorphological nature monument category: Samograd, Medina Cave, Amidžina Cave, Budina Ice Cave, Petrić Cave)
- Samograd Cave – the only cave open for tourist visit, 345 m long, consists of 4 halls
- Surface: 56,39 km²
- Highest point: Risovac peak (860 masl)
- Lowest point: (494 masl)
- The park is bordered by the stream of the river Lika – the second largest European subterranean river
The local water, enriched with dissolved carbon dioxide, has used its mechanic and chemical properties to dissolve and render the carbonate rocks on the relief’s surface and in the depths of Grabovača’s underground. Thus there are many karrens and sinkholes on the surface, and caves and pits in the underground. The Cave Park Grabovača is located 2,5 km from the center of Perušić. The Grabovača area is characterizes by a great diversity of ecosystems and habitats, as well as many speleological objects.
The entrance of the cave resembles a cathedral, and the whole surface of the cave is covered in stairs, which have been manually carved into the dripstone. Some ceramic pots and bones from the late Bronze Age and the Iron Age were found inside the cave. The Samograd Cave was the first cave to be the subject of a newspaper article in 1889. The border areas of the Park are framed by the karst beauty – the Lika river, the greatest subterranean river of Croatia (length of 78 km).
This area has been a scene of intense and continued human activity throughout history; from the Prehistoric Period up to this day. The Park is abundant with cultural and historical heritage. The area of the Park includes the Old town of Perušić, whose locality was mentioned in the Buška Parish in 1071 AD under the name Vrhovina.
The Cave Park Grabovača gives the visitors the opportunity to go a thousand years back in history. There are many different contents for visitors to explore: from educational trails and programs, walking, hiking and cycling trails, rafting on Lika, kayaking, and different sport fields, to the touristic attractions such as the Samograd Cave, the “Ploče” lookout, the mediaeval locality of the Old town of Perušić, and the Gothic Church of the St Cross.