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Between the villages of Vyšná and Nižná Pokoradz, there is a place where nature has shown its magic. Indeed, the location is truly remarkable and that is why attracts many tourists. It is a protected area, which consists of Pokoradz sliding lakes, a forest steppe slope with Kamenný Janko (Stone John) and mining chambers.

The distinctive stone formation called Stone John was created by selective weathering of hard andesite fragments. The formation is tall up to 5 m and is terminated by a rock block called John's head. There are also other cliffs nearby , but less pronounced.

There is also a lookout point at Stone John, from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the South Slovak landscape. The ancient volcanic chimney or open mining chambers, which are the remnants of tuff mining, should not escape your attention.

Another attraction are the Pokoradz Lakes, which are located below the hill in field depressions and are of European importance. They maintain rare wetland plant communities. The lakes have a water regime dependent on surface rainwater, so the water level varies greatly.

You can get to the hill with Stone John and other attractions along the red marked hiking trail from the village of Nižná Pokoradz (approx. 2.5 km away). The route is very pleasant and undemanding, suitable as a relaxing and educational trip.

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