Along the Locone
The itinerary along the Locone stream represents the wildest part of the Ofanto Cycle Route, taking place mainly on gravel roads in a Middle Earth between Ofanto and the Murge, between Lucania and Apulia. The stage begins in Spinazzola, a small town on the Apulian Aqueduct Cycle Route, also known for the numerous fountains and springs flowing out of the gorges all around the top of the town. These valleys (“valloni”) are sites of extraordinary importance due to the presence of oak woods and species of very rare amphibians for Apulia such as the spectacled Salamandrina (Salamandrina Terdigitata).
Halfway along the course of the Locone, there is a dam surrounded by reforestation with Aleppo Pine and Eucalyptus and long stretches still natural with the presence of both forest and aquatic species, destination of plenty of migratory birds species. Very impressive is the dirt road that runs along the entire western lakefront and the greenway along the asphalted service road from the Locone dam to the Ofanto passing through the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s bridge) of Lamalunga.