7 June 2021
Taş Yolu, one of the “most challenging roads in the world”, built in the Kemaliye district of Erzincan in 132 years with the hard struggle of the local residents and the support of the state, welcomes adrenaline enthusiasts every season.
Stone Road, which has been built in the Kemaliye district of Erzincan in 132 years with the hard struggle of the local residents and the support of the state, and which is shown as one of the “most challenging roads in the world”, welcomes adrenaline enthusiasts in every season with its many tunnels, bends, sharp cliffs and natural beauties.
Stone Road, which was started to be built in 1870 in order to connect Kemaliye district to Central Anatolia via Sivas’s Divriği district, was founded in 2002 with the support of the state as a result of 132 years of work by the local people who carved the impenetrable rocks of the Dark Canyon with primitive tools and almost dug wells with needles. also completed. The Stone Road, which could only be crossed on foot because it was narrow in the past, was expanded for vehicle passage over time, connecting Kemaliye to Divriği and from there to Central Anatolia.
Stone Road, which is now used for tourism purposes with the opening of alternative roads, has become a frequent destination for many tourists from Turkey and abroad with its natural beauty and challenging track.
The 10-kilometer-long road that continues along the Dark Canyon, which is considered one of the few canyons in the world, attracts the attention of adventure lovers in all seasons with its 45 tunnels, many sharp bends and cliffs.
In Kemaliye, where the International Erzincan Kemaliye Culture and Nature Sports Festival is held, “Base Jamp” and “Wingsuit” jumps can be performed in the Dark Canyon, as well as on the Stone Road, which welcomes those who want to experience adventure by hiking or traveling by car.
Latif Yalçıner, owner of Kemaliye Eğin Tur, pointed out that the construction process of the road, which is difficult to use, is more difficult, and said: “The Stone Road is actually a summary of Kemaliye because it was not easy to decide to build the road. It was difficult to make a decision to build a road with digging shovels with the facilities of that day. Local people have been able to open only 3 kilometers of the road by working completely with human power for about 100 years.
Stating that the Stone Road was originally built to facilitate transportation from Kemaliye, it is now used for tourism purposes and as an adrenaline route, Yalçıner continued: “The height of the Dark Canyon, which the road passes by, reaches 800 meters in places and has very deep valleys. Taş Yolu. Today, it is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. This place has become a frequent destination for our guests who are especially interested in nature in recent years. Our guests follow these results of the road that emerged with effort, determination and perseverance. Stone Road, especially off-roaders, motorcycle and bicycle groups. It has become the area that tour companies that come to Kemaliye show their guests as a walking track.
Kemaliye Outdoor Sports Club President Dilşat Özpan stated that Taş Yolu, which has a history of 132 years, fascinates people with its natural beauty, and said, “Over time, this road has only been used for tourism purposes. Our visitors to Taş Yolu have fun on safari with their motorcycles, bicycles and vehicles. and they spend moments full of adrenaline,” he said.