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Dzukia Marcinkonys

Location: N54° 3` 39.99", E24° 24` 2.99"

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Marcinkonys is one of the largest villages in Lithuania, which got the start from the settlement of the forest scouts. In historical sources it is mentioned in 1637. This settlement grew in the second half of the 19th century after the construction of the Warsaw-St Petersburg railway. After the construction of the railway deforestation began. In 1914 German occupation authorities ordered to build 28.5 km long narrow gauge railroad from Marcinkoniai to Katra, and the most beautiful forest pines and firs rattled along it... A small mushroom drying place was established in Marcinkonys. Mushrooms and berries have always been the main source of livelihood of the people of the land.  

More than 800 inhabitants live in Marcinkonys now. Centennial traditions and customs are fostered and reserved in the village. There is also Čepkeliai State Nature Reserve and Dzūkija National Park Administration, Marcinkonys Visitors Centre. Visitor centre working hours: Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm (lunch 12:00 - 12:45), on Saturday 8:00 - 15:45 (lunch 12:00 - 12:45). Sunday is a day off.  

We invite you to stroll through the picturesque surroundings going along the Marcinkonys trail. Its length is 13.8 km, but you can choose to take 7 km or 10.5 km distances. The route begins at Marcinkonys Visitors Centre. Exciting the Grūda river loop, mysterious Aklaežeris Lake, wind-blown Kloniai Hill (Gaidzu dune) Dziackagiris stream shores lined up with beaver huts will make a naturalist or a simple traveller interested in them. There are also plants and birds of the Red Book. They are an integral part of this wonderful corner of nature. The route begins at Marcinkonys Visitors Centre (61 Miškininkai St, Marcinkonys, LT-65303 Varėna district).  

The Stone Age camps at the confluence of the Zackagiris and the Grūda and by the Versminis Lake date back to the oldest times.