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.
Hartelsgraben is regarded as a jewel of nature because of its magnificent rock and water scenery and forested gorge. For a long time it was used by industry: the historic charcoal cart track that runs from Johnsbach to Hieflau was built 500 years ago. And in 1892 the Styrian Forestry Agency started building a logging road down to the River Enns. As the first mountain forest road of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was very popular with visitors. The drystone walls built by specialists from Friuli Venezia Giulia are particularly impressive and have withstood 120 years of avalanches.