The Brestovské mounds were built
about five thousand years ago

Autumn is usually the best time for trips. The weather is more stable and the weary summer heat is a thing of the past. In recent days, the sun has attracted us for a walk. The aim of our trip was the educational trail of the Brestov's mound. We parked the car in the center of Humenné near the Vihorlat Museum, which is located in a renovated manor house. For some information, we stopped at the local information center, where we were armed with several pieces of advice and a leaflet about the nature trail. From there, our steps headed through the castle park to the open-air museum of folk architecture belonging to the museum. In front of the entrance to the exhibition there is an information signpost with marked hiking trails and estimated times.

The first part of the sidewalk leads next to the open-air museum, along Orechova street. Here you can enjoy a few views of the town of Humenné in the valley of the nearby hills Ondavská and Laborecká vrchovina. After about 400 to 600 meters we enter the forest. A surprise is the sign indicating a turn to the prehistoric mound. We're going after her. The path leads through the forest on a gentle slope. After about 150 meters we find ourselves by the mound, which is easily overlooked in the forest. We know from the information leaflet that this is not the only burial mound, so we continue on our way. At the information board at the Handrix stand, we turn to the yellow sign. The path rises through the forest, walking is slightly difficult. After about 700 meters and an elevation gain of about 100 m, we reach the ridge of the hill Nižná Hubková. A meadow opens in front of us, on which a gazebo is perfect for relaxation and a picnic.

We continue along the ridge towards the Miháliková crossroads, where the blue and red walking circuits join. The trail leads through the forest, it is in good condition, on the way we meet several cyclists. After an hour and a half of walking, we arrive at the Petočová crossroads. A monument is erected here commemorating the activities of the Pugachev partisan group in these forests. Along the way, we came across several views of the villages in the mountains (Ľubiša and Veľopolie). The road still leads along the ridge through a healthy mixed forest. In one part we saw massive 30 m high pines. Elsewhere, the forest resembles a prehistoric forest, in which tree trunks are wrapped in a tangle of vines. 

After an hour we arrive at the Na Kaštieli crossroads, where there are other prehistoric mounds. Here the trail ends, or it is necessary to return along the same road to the nearest signpost and follow the green sign towards the tomb of Countess Antonia on Holá hora. We chose another path, we descend along the yellow sign to the locality of Brestov cabins. The path leads to a valley with a stream. It is interesting that it creates several meters of sand deposits. The valley of the stream is a special humid habitat, where up to a meter of piglets thrive. 

After about a kilometer walk from the crossroads we come to a cottage settlement. Looking at the rusty iron structure with the splattered inscription Pioneer Mirror, I remember that I spent a holiday here a few decades ago. I remember pictures from this period. The cottages are still standing, but the office building with the former dining room is empty and deserted. We continue on the road to the village of Brestov. The path leads next to private ponds, which were already here during my pioneering vacation and where we went swimming. We return from Brestov on the main road to Humenné.

We end up in the parking lot in front of the museum. We crossed a circuit more than 15 km long with an elevation gain of about 200 m. The walk took us almost 5 hours. Therefore, I would recommend a short circuit for families with children. The terrain is not suitable for a stroller walk. All trails are well marked, this forest location offers, in addition to the described route, several other marked hiking and biking trails. It pays to come.

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