National park Krka, at a 40 km distance from the island of Murter, is located in the vicinity of Šibenik and it covers the surface of about 142 km². The national park is situated on the area along the river banks of Krka which, springing beneath Dinara mountain, flows through a 75 km long canyon, runs through the Lake Prokljan (Prokljansko jezero) and finally reaches the Šibenik Bay.
The surface of the river Krka is of great value for its big ethnographic collection, as a habitat of many endemic and endangered species and a big ornithological area. However, the biggest beauty of the park lies in the seven travertine barriers that represent a natural karst phenomenon. Apart from strolling along the marked trails and walking over bridges built above the travertine waterfalls, there is the option to spend some time swimming which is allowed in the calmer parts of the river. This attractive national park also has a rich offer of restaurants and bars.
Within the park there is also a beautiful little island of Visovac that is taken care of by the Franciscans who protect its valuable historical collection. The island is accessible via a short boat ride over the Visovac Lake. It is best to visit the national park Krka in the spring or summer when the local nature reaches its full splendor. Besides heading on an independent trip it is also possible to access the park via one of the organized full-day boat or bus excursions that depart from Murter.
What is interesting to point out is the fact that the hydroelectric power plant Jaruga built on the river Krka was the first one built in Europe and the second one in the world, opened only three days after the first one that was built on the Niagara Falls.