Kernuvian outcrop

escarpment / nature

For visitors to the outcrop, we recommend wearing hiking boots. There is a possibility to go down to the bank of the Nemunas River along a well-kept path. The mentioned road is paved on a steep slope - be careful.

At the Kernuvė stream, the Balbieriškis loop ends, and the Nemunas begins to meander through the Prienai-Birštonas loop. Here, Nemunas meets the Kernuvii mountain and, as if frightened, turns to the side, but it does not stay "in debt" either - it relentlessly destroys its slopes. It is supported by a small Kernuvė stream, only a few kilometers long, which has been meliorated in its upper reaches. Although he was small, he managed to gnaw through the thick layers of earth and created an impressive ditch, overgrown with all kinds of trees and bushes, called the strange name of Telėnykos. In summer, the ravine is decorated with yellow-flowered irises, and its slopes are covered with various types of trees and shrubs. One of the most interesting ones is cork hair. This low, up to 20 m tall tree of the elm family is easily recognized by the corky growths on the branches. It is an unseen tree for many, because it is found only in the southern part of Lithuania on the slopes of large rivers and in the woods.
The view from the Kernuvii cliff is not inferior in beauty. From the outcrop you can see the wonderful bend of the Nemunas, on the other side of the Nemunas - the homesteads of the Naravai village, the Naravai mound and the thundering heather of Prieni in the distance. This high right bank has been photographed and painted many times. His photos adorn more than one album about Lithuania, you can admire him in the paintings of famous artists, in films.

across the river -
Far far far
The hilly Prienai heath is sleeping.
Loop Nemunas vinkli
The foamy snow is eating to the shore.
Here is the Kernuvių cliff
High high
He raised his head to look
Won't you destroy it?
Bursting streams,
Won't the forests fall down?

A. Matutis, in Kernuvių bend

The exposure, a natural geological record, is best explored from the Nemunas coast. Layers of sand and clay in different colors represent different geological periods. Because without knowing the names of the layers, it's fun to count time in millennia!
There are many iron springs in the slopes, which color the streams flowing in Nemunan and the pebbles in them. Even coastal plants are characterized by a brown-red color.

Literature: The Great Nemunas loops: nature, culture, history / Rūta Baškytė, Almantas Kulbis; Directorate of the Nemunas Loop Regional Park; [editorial board: Dainora Šaltiene... [et al.]. - Kaunas: Lututė, 2000. - 100 p.: illustr., zhml.; 21 cm. - Central English - Up. author not specified. - Bibliogr.: p. 92. - Circulation [3000] copies. - ISBN 9955-452-06-4