There has been an increase in the flow of water in Avakas Gorge because of the heavy rains of recent days and the public has been urged not to use the nature trail.
In an announcement, the Forestry Department advised the public not to visit the trail for their own safety until it issues a new announcement.
Avakas Gorge is popular with visitors. A trekker’s paradise, it offers spectacular views and a generous introduction to local flora and fauna, including the endangered centauria akamantis – an endemic plant found only in the gorge.
Access is via a path that runs along the Avga stream.
Carved out of limestone rocks, rising up as high as 30 metres and narrowing dramatically at one point, the gorge is a fairly difficult hike as the rough track winds its way along and over the stream.
Rich in flora, the gorge has pine trees, cypresses, junipers, wild fig trees, ferns and oaks among other trees as well as a profusion of wild flowers.