Tar-kő is the highest natural lookout point in Bükk Mountains (950 m) boasting a wide angle view over the inner parts.
There is no need for a tower on Tar-kő as this limestone cliff rises high above its surroundings offering a stunningly extensive mountain view. Tar-kő and other cliffs bearing the name “-kő” (Három-kő, Vörös-kő, Pes-kő, Őr-kő, Bél-kő, from east to west) are limestone rocks turned nearly perpendicular by tectonic moves. They gradually lost their underlying slate support by erosion and collapsed forming a row of peaks. Towering above their surroundings they boast a stunningly extensive mountain view. Tar-kő is the 12th highest peak in the country, but the lookout point is a little lower at a grassy clearing.
You can enjoy a great view over the southern part of Bükk with round peaks of 500-600 meters. It is easy to spot the valley of Hór Creek (Hór-völgy) and Ódorvár at its beginning. In the west, the basin of Felsőtárkány stretches deep among the hills and a part of Mátra is visible also with Kékes and Galya-tető. The closest “kő” on the left with its grassy peak is Három-kő. To the same direction, in clear weather even Nagy-hegy of Tokaj is visible far beyond, too.
Unfortunately, numerous clear-cuts spoil the landscape. On the side of the hill there is a dwelling (Tar-kői-kőfülke), which used to function as a hideout for outlaws and much earlier for animals from the Pleistocene Epoch.
Tar-kő is one of the stations along the nature trail of Olasz-kapu. It guides you along a loop trail from Olasz-kapu via Zsidó-rét to Tar-kő and back via the forest reserve of Őserdő.
Get off at bus stop “Bánkúti menedékház elágazás” to get the closest to Tar-kő (bus service from Eger on Sunday mornings and late afternoon).
Get off at bus stop “Répáshuta, Kossuth út 75.” (from Miskolc).
From bus stop “Bánkúti menedékház elágazás” follow the Green ◼ (Z◼) markers to the north. At a junction turn right onto the Green (Z) Trail. On the plateau a lengthy hike begins along the Green ▲ (Z▲) to reach the Blue (K) Trail. Turn left and keep to it until it bends right and the Blue ▲ (K▲) branches off straight ahead. Follow the Blue ▲ (K▲) markers to the peak (Total distance: 6 km, elevation gain: 262 m).
From Répáshuta hike uphill along the Green ◼ (Z◼) markers. At a junction turn right onto the Green (Z) Trail. On the plateau a lengthy hike begins along the Green ▲ (Z▲) to reach the Blue (K) Trail. Turn left and keep to it until it bends right and the Blue ▲ (K▲) branches off straight ahead. Follow the Blue ▲ (K▲) markers to the peak (Total distance: 7.8 km, elevation gain: 404 m).
From the parking lot at Olasz-kapu, follow the Blue T (KT) markers of the nature trail (and the Blue (K) markers). Change to the Blue ▲ (K▲) spur trail for the last section (Total distance: 4.2 km, elevation gain: 112 m).
Free parking near Olasz-kapu, but access road is tolled. Toll is payable in Szilvásvárad, at the barrier.
Free parking right before Répáshuta along the road connecting Miskolc and Eger (“bánya-hegyi elágazás”).