Charming Hike Mount Olympus Greece to the Red Rock Waterfall

At the eastern side of Mount Olympus, above the ancient Greek city of Dion, a charming hike on Mount Olympus, Greece, brings you to the eighteen meters high Red Rock waterfall and its pools. If you want to experience paradise in the middle of the mountains you should take a walk to this hidden gem. 

The Hiking Trail to the Red Rock Waterfall and Lagoon

This beautiful hiking path is a perfect trail for a hike of a few hours. It will take around one and an half hour to get up and a little less to get down.

Mostly you will be ascending which may be hard for people with not such a good physical condition. The descents also need to been done carefully. In general the walk is relatively easy (if you are in good condition) except sometimes some scrambling across rocks is required.

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A blue lagoon to swim in, in front of the Red Rock Waterfall on Mount Olympus in Northern Greece.

Another stunning hiking trail runs through the Enipeas Gorge on Mount Olympus, starting not far from Dion. Some sections are also suitable for kids. Read all about it in our blog post >> Hiking Mt Olympus Greece – Enipeas Gorge.

You will walk through a dense forest and pass streams belonging to the Orlias river a couple of times. The rocks are slippery so be careful. The hiking trail runs along the impressive Orlias Canyon. The Orlias river runs through this canyon at great depth and makes a lot of noise. This is one of the few rivers in Greece that has water all year around. 

The natural pool below the Red Rock Waterfall has crystal clear water but it’s ice-cold. Though during the hot summer months it’s a pleasure to take a swim in it and many people do. Along the trail are many more pools you can swim in, relax and enjoy the beautiful nature. 

This hiking trail should be avoided with wet weather because it will become very slippery.

For families with kids visiting Athens we created the blog post 50 Things to do in Athens with Kids with many inspiring and relaxing activities.

Don’t miss the nearby Orlias Waterfalls!

To be sure you will not miss it: The Orlias waterfalls are just below the entrance of the hiking trail to the Red Rock Waterfall. The path to them is located  between the chapel of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni and the entrance of the path to the Red Rock Waterfall at not even hundred meters distance. Read more in the article about the Orlias Waterfalls and their legends.

The ancient city of Aigai, also located in Northern Greece, was the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom. In nowadays Vergina there is much to see, like the tomb of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, and remains of the city. Read more in the blog post >> Vergina Tombs.

Trip Ideas:

 
Places to see in Greece. The hiking trail to the Red Rock waterfall.
Hiking path through mountains leading to Red Rock waterfall.

Be sure to visit the wonderful Orlias Waterfalls, located along the path that leads to the Red Rock Waterfall, but can easily be overseen if you don’t know about them!!

Lagoon in front of Red Rock waterfall on Mount Olympus.
One of the most charming hiking trails of Mount Olympus, in Greece leads to the natural pool in front of Red Rock waterfall.

Not far from Dion, above Litochoro, you will find an easy hiking trail through dense forests where shepherds used to guide their animals to the Mana current for water. Read about it in this blog post.

⇒ About a 30 minutes drive from Dion is located Palios Panteleimonas, a picturesque Greek village on Mount Olympus. One of those nice places in Greece you should visit when in the area.

The hiking trail through the Orlias Canyon leads to the Red Rock waterfall and lagoon.
Red Rock waterfall, with a height of 18 meters.

If you want to learn more about Alexander the Great and the places where he spent his time, you will have to travel to Northern Greece. The archaeological site in Dion houses the remains of the ancient sacred city of the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia. It’s an enchanting lush green park with many statues and Greek monuments. Read more in our blog post >>Dion Greece.

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How to get there
To get there follow the signs to the Olympus Mountains from the village of Dion. Sometimes the chapel Konstantinos is also indicated on a sign, but not consistently. It is about a four kilometers drive through the mountains. The road is in good condition but has some pretty steep ascents and sharp turns. As you drive higher into the mountains you will see the upper part of the meters deep canyon on the right. After four kilometers the chapel of Saint Konstantinos and Eleni is on the right-hand side. Here you can park somewhere along the road. A few meters higher you will see a large gold-colored sign and a path that leads to the Orlias Waterfalls. Don’t take this path, but the hiking trail that starts a little further up. You will see a wooden stairs that leads to the path. In front of these stairs is a sign that says “path to Koromilia mountain refuge”. This is the path you have to take.
 
Unless you are a very experienced hiker, don’t go exploring the mountains on your own. There are many very experienced guides that can show you the best places without risking your safety.
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Hiking in Greece on Mount Olympus to the Red Rock Waterfall.

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