Attractively situated alongside the Johnsbach stream, the Wild John discovery trail is one of the most popular walks in the Gesäuse National Park. Thanks to the work done on restoring the Johnsbach as part of the LIFE project, the stream once again looks like an original mountain torrent flowing through an alpine national park of extraordinary beauty.
Follow the trail of the Wild John ...
…and discover the special characteristics of the Johnsbach Valley. The main focus is on the Johnsbach and its history: once controlled and regulated, in recent years the mountain torrent has been returned to its natural untamed state by the LIFE project (a collaborative project between the Agency for Torrent and Avalanche Control and the Gesäuse National Park). Now, with environmental safeguards in place, it can flow freely again and has also regained its wild appearance. The discovery trail deals with this history on several levels: as well as telling the life story of the Wild John, the stations symbolise the history of the Johnsbach, which was also "captured" after a wild, untamed youth, and has now been freed from its shackles by the LIFE project.
Help free the Wild John from its shackles and have lots of adventures along the way.
Starting point: Willow Dome car park, by the Johnsbach turning
Distance: 3.5 km (there & back)
Resting places: There are several places to sit down along the trail.
Opening times: Beginning of May to end of October
Gradient: medium slopes
Surface: Forest path with some alpine stretches
Not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.