Asopos Railway Path
This is the most famous route in the prefecture of Fthiotis. The trail dates back to the late 19th century, at the time it was built the railway line Kato Tithorea – Lianokladi and more specifically the section between Asopos and Trachina stations. The path was carved for the transfer of materials and workers during the construction of the track, thus is known as the “Railway Trail”. It is a circular hike that takes almost 2h 30mins to complete. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, this trail is great for hiking and it is unlikely you will encounter many other people while exploring.
The path starts just outside the village of Iraklia, opposite the little church of Zoodochos Pigi and ends at the abandoned railway station of Asopos. From the starting point begins an uphill, rather dirt road about 2 kilometers long. If you have a 4x4 vehicle you might wish to continue a bit further before start hiking. This part climbs a total of 240 meters at the beginning but you do not really feel it. The rest of the path does not have ups and downs but, in some parts, extra attention is needed due to minor landslides. Signage is limited; however, it is very difficult to get lost. The trail is really cool and offers some amazing views, although not recommended when you have fear of heights. On the way you will come across galleries, stone bridges, abandoned railway stations, towering cliffs and of course the breathtaking gorge of Asopos. It crosses an area of rare natural beauty that still remains unspoiled by human activity as it can only be reached on foot or by rail.
After the hike, you can head to the nearby village of Gorgopotamos to admire the historic railway bridge or immerse yourself in the hot springs of Damasta, also known as Psoroneria. If you have time to spare, visit the railway bridge of Papadia or the Monastery of Damasta which offers great views of the plain of Lamia. In the same area, there is one more interesting trail which starts from the bridge of Papadia and ends at the abandoned Asopos railway bridge. Wearing sport shoes for the hike is essential, and you should bring with you plenty of water and some snacks. The best times to visit the trail are May through September.