We are pleased invite you to discover Marcinkonys environs by following Dziackagiris sightseeing route. The length of the route is 13,8 km, however, you may choose sections of 7 km or 10,5 km. The route begins at Marcinkonys Visitors Centre. On the way of the route you will go through Marcinkonys village which originated from a settlement of forest scouts mentioned back in 1637. Also you will notice the Duobupis, a small river that crosses Naujaliai, farther on joins with the Dziackagiris stream which gave the name to this sightseeing route. After leaving the village the Dziackagiris flows into the Grūda that runs thought the forest from the Grūda lake. This lake was famous for its large population crayfish; one can also see trout and graylings and otters that hunt there.
One more attraction on the way is a Hill of Shooting-Range. A shooting-range was established here during the Polish Occupation period later to be used by Germans. There were wooden rails at the foot of the hill that were used for pulling a trolley with attached targets. A cottage stood at the edge of the forest from which they used to shots at the moving target-trolley. The high slope would „absorb“ the shots that missed the target. Village children used to look for lead from bullets for their fishing-rods. They used to slide down the sand and look if any piece of a bullet came to the surface.
This place is also famous as you can see Trees with hollows. When you cross the Grūda, you will find a hollow pine. There are very old bee-keeping traditions in the forest of Dzūkija. During hard period, people would face a shortage bread or money but they would never experiens a lack of honey. You can see bees living in the hollows of the Ancient Bee-Keeping Path located in Musteika environs.
What is more there is a Hill of Valley. The white sand hill is an open hill in the Roosters corner. Inland dunes in Dzukija pine forests extend for tens of kilometers but all of them have stopped moving since trees and grass have stopped the movement of sand. But this dune is still alive. Helped by the wind, it tries to resist plants by pouring its white sand on them.
In addition to this The Lichen forests are replaced by small swamps, meadows and bushes called “The Bear’s Rump”. Also there is The Aklažeris. It is a small lake of thermo – karstic origin that appeared when an ice lump broke away from a glacier and was covered with soil.
The last attraction is Beaver’s Places. The path leads through the sections stretching out through the dunes toward the Warsaw – St. Petersburg railroad leaving the Aklažeris behind. On the right you can see lush sedge meadows and low – lying marshy land quagmires which conceal beavers cabins. On the left, 200 m from the railroad, there is a circus brimming with numerous springs where the Dziackagiris stream begins. After visiting a woody island, you will reach a wide clearing: these are lanes through which Marcinkonys village cattle were driven to the border of Čepkeliai Raised Bog. If you turn left, there is the Kastinis Lake nearby, and if you turn right, you will return to Marcinkonys Visitors Centre by following the lanes.
The all path is surrounded by the unique this area flora and fauna. Some of them are written to Lithuania red book as they are saved from extension as they are rare to notice.