Trails of the Park
Vasta to Aghia Theodora Trail (Opened July 21, 2013)
A new trail was opened as a part of the Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnesos. It is a trail that links the village of Vasta with the nearby 11th or 12th century chapel of Aghia Theodora. The trail is 4.2 km. in length and passes through beautiful forests and along panoramic ridges from Vasta to the chapel at a lower elevation. The trail was inaugurated by the Priest from Vasta (photo). Seventy-three participants from the local communities, and from the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project and the Parrhasian Heritage Park Field School, participated in the hike. Photis Notis was instrumental in the organization of this trail opening following the work on the trail undertaken by Mark Davison and the students of the Parrhasian Heritage Park Field School of 2012. Following the opening of the trail there was a meeting held in the community center in which the idea of and practical elements of the Parrhasian Heritage Park were discussed. The idea is that this trail will link Vasta and Aghia Theodora to a network of other trails that will include the ancient city of Lykosoura and other sites in the Parrhasia, as well as sites in modern Messenia and Elis.
Trail of Zeus (Opened on July 14, 2012)
Twenty villagers together with civic officials and the Parrhasian Heritage Park Field School participants (2012) met in Ano Karyes at 5 pm to hike a portion of the new Trail of Zeus. This is a portion of the second trail to be inaugurated in the Park. It is anticipated that there will be created a network of trails that will link the modern villages with the many ancient cities and sanctuaries that are found in the area of the Park.
The hike was between the village of Ano Karyes and the ancient hippodrome at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion. Participants included Mr. Kyriakos Karagiannis, President of the Lykosoura Union, Mr. Photis Zois, President of the Vasta Syllogos, Mr. Athannasios Cresteas, President of Chastanochoroi, together with the Director of the American School of Classical Studies, Dr. Jim Wright, Dr. David Gilman Romano and Dr. Mary Voyatzis, Co-Directors of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project and Mr. Mark Davison, and Ms. Ximena Valle, Parrhasian Heritage Park Planners.
Trail of Pan (Opened on July 30, 2011)
On Saturday July 30, 2011 the first trail of the proposed Parrhasian Heritage Park of the Peloponnesos was opened between Ano Karyes (Arcadia) and Neda (Messenia), 5.65 km. Thirty-five villagers together with local and regional dignitaries left the two villages at 10 am and met near the political boundary for a signing ceremony. Attending the ceremony were Mr. Evangelos Giannakouras, Governor of Arcadia, Dr. Takis Bouras, Mayor of Megalopolis, Dr. Anna Karapanagiotou, Ephor of the ΛΘ’ Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Dr. David Gilman Romano, Co-Director of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project together with members of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project and the Parrhasian Heritage Park Field School participants.
This is the first trail to be inaugurated in the Park. It is anticipated that there will be created a network of trails that will link the modern villages with the many ancient cities and sanctuaries that are found in the area of the Park.
The planning for the Park is a partnership between the local communities, Greek planning professionals, the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project, working under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, with the direction of and in collaboration with the Λθ’ Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Tripolis.