Discover the Noce river
The Noce river has its source at an altitude of 3,360 meters from the Corno dei Tre Signori in Alta Val di Pejo. In its very first section, however, it is not a single river, but is divided into two branches: the Noce Nero, which descends from the Corno dei Tre Signori, collects the waters of numerous
springs and temporarily stops its descent into the artificial lake of Pian Palù, and the Noce Bianco, which instead descends from the slopes of Cevedale, swollen by all the water collected in the wild Val de la Mare. These two branches merge at Cogolo to give life to the real Noce.
At the height of Cusiano where the Ursus Adventures Rafting Center is located, the Noce merges with the waters of the Vermigliana stream that descends from Passo del Tonale collecting all the waters that descend from Presanella, the highest peak in the Trentino area.
The river acquires more and more strength and vigor, calling to itself the waters of the other two major tributaries in Val di Sole: the Meledrio near Dimaro and the tumultuous Rabbies a little further downstream from Malé.
About 10 kilometers further downstream from the town of Malé, the Noce creates a deep ravine through which it will flow into the artificial basin of Santa Giustina, inaugurated in 1951 as the highest dam in Europe thanks to its barrier wall of 152 meters.
It then continues its journey along the Val di Non, creating spectacular wetlands, and flowing into the Adige Valley, where it ends its journey by joining the Adige River at the height of the town of Zambana, after a journey of 105 kilometres.
Along its course the Noce creates numerous areas of high naturalistic importance: in Val di Sole we find three local reserves (Mezzana, Piano and Malé) and a special conservation area (Ontaneta di Croviana). In Val di Non, on the other hand, emerging from the Santa Giustina dam, the Noce forms the spectacular nature reserve of the Forra di Santa Giustina and, before flowing into the Val d’Adige, that of the Rocchetta.