The village of Baňa is located in the Low Beskydy Mountains near the town of Stropkov. The road to it is full of serpentine and for cyclists it is challenging for constant ascent. It is also a village that is lined with cross-country stops. These end at the top of the church.
A blue tourist sign will lead you to the Baňa hill from the municipal office, which will direct you to a field path, from where you will walk (in suitable weather conditions also by bicycle) towards the forest. The forest road is very pleasant without unnecessary and confusing crossroads. After a pleasant 10-minute walk, you will see a meadow. At its end is a 50-meter high telecommunication mast, which you will notice before entering the village. Here you can decide whether you want to take a shorter route to the top, cross the meadow with a steep climb, or you will continue along the blue tourist sign with a slight climb.
At the top, in addition to the transmitter, a beautiful view of the surrounding villages, the town of Svidník, Slanské and Vihorlatské hills, the Čergov mountains or the Laborecká vrchovina awaits you. In good weather conditions, you can also see part of the High Tatras in the distance.
The ascent to the hill from the village of Baňa is undemanding and all ages can handle it in every season. However, there are also other hiking paths, from the villages of Šandal, Rakovčík and Šarišský Štiavnik, where there is still a functional mineral spring. Routes from Stropkov, Šandal and Hrabovčík are recommended for cyclists.
If you are still deciding where to spend your free time next time, do not hesitate, put on your hiking boots and experience a pleasant rest in nature with beautiful views of the Baňa hill as an individual or with the whole family.
If you would like to get to know this corner of northeastern Slovakia even more, we have a few tips for a trip. Click on the lookout tower in Stropkov, the war cemetery in the village of Veľkrop or Vladičský raj.