The Sutjeska National Park is a national park located in the Republic of Srpska. Established in 1962, it is Srpska’s oldest national park. It includes the highest peak of Maglić at over 2,386 metres, on the border with Montenegro. The Montenegrin part of the Maglić massif in the park, has also formed the Trnovačko Jezero (Trnovac Lake).
The Strict Nature Reserve “Perućica”, one of the last two remaining primeval forests in Europe, is part of the park.The park is also famous as being the location of the Battle of the Sutjeska in 1943, during World War II. It is an affiliated member of EUROPARC Federation.
Primeval Forest ”Perućica”
Primeval forest ”Perućica”, located within the park, is 6 kilometres long, 1–3 kilometres wide, and occupies an area of 1,400 hectares. It is a UNESCO recognized site. The forest has many trees that are 300 years old, and the primeval forest’s vintage is stated to be 20,000 years. In some stretches the forest growth is almost impenetrable.
Waterfall ”Skakavac” is formed on the Perućica, a small river, or more precisely mountain creek, located deep within Perućica primeval forest, which is regulated in form of Strict Nature Reserve as part of the Sutjeska National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is one of the highest waterfalls in the country, about 75 metres in height, and it is hidden deep within Perućica primeval forest and its massive blanket of green trees of beech and spruce that engulf entire valley.
The Perućica creek cut through the Perućica forest, and down and between two steep Maglić slopes. Somewhere at the middle of its course stream cascade from upper hanging valley to the lower valley, falling across large karstic limestone ridge to a precipice 75 meters deep, after which the Perućica creek reach the confluence with the Sutjeska river at the valley of Tjentište.