The area around the River Krka has been declared a National Park because of its natural beauty and its geological characteristics (an area of karst rock). The wellknown geographer and academic Josip Roglić said there are only few places in the world which can be compared with Krka’s natural beauty. The river rises 43 km ( as the crow flies) from Šibenik, beneath the best-known mountain in Croatia and Dalmatia, Dinara. This mountain has given its name to the mountain range which stretches about 600 km encompassing the mountains of the Croatia coastal area and of Bosnia and Herz egovina. The Krka is 73 km long in all, of wich the first part flows through plains ( 13 km) the second (40 km) through a canyon and the final stage forms lakes joined to the sea. The river nowadays forms the border between Northern and Central Dalmatia. The Krka National Park covers 142.2 km2 (25.6 km2 being water) and two thirds of the River Krka. Since the whole of the river is a natural phenomrnon of exceptional interest, this text deals with the whole of the river from the source. The source of the Krka can be reached from Knin (3 km) is a rare and interesting phenomenon. It is a karst spring into which the 22 m high waterfall from the Krčić stream falls. As the stream dries up in summer, the actual source of the Krka is only visible then.
The national park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. The purpose of the park is primarily to serve science, culture, education and recreation, while tourism activities have also been introduced for its visitors.Krka National Park is managed by the Public Institute, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia.