While Dak Nong is mostly covered by sedimentary (formed in ocean environment) and basalt rocks (formed during volcanic activities) , the intruded granite rock at Ta Dung National park demonstrates the diversity of rock types in Dak Nong UNESCO Global Geopark.
Granite is a light-colored igneous rock with grains large enough to be visible with the unaided eye. It is formed by the slow crystallization of magma below the Earth’s surface. Granite is composed mainly of quaztz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica, amphiboles and other minerals.
Rarely do people know that, there is a special and unique waterfall in this area with the flows covering the granite rocks. It is named “Granite waterfall” by the scientists while local people often call it “Thac Truot” because of the smooth and shiny rocks hidden behind the waterfall. Currently, very few UNESCO Global Geoparks in the world possess a similar type of granite waterfall. The granite waterfall in Dak Nong UNESCO Global Geopark is nestled in the old-growth forest at Dak Som commune, Dak G’long district. From Highway 28, it is necessary to walk about 1 km in the direction of the Geoaprk’s sign to reach the waterfall. Along this route, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the cool, fresh air and blend themselves into the beautiful and pristine natural landscape. At this site, a scenic hut has been built to enable visitors to observe the poetic panorama of this area.
Although a small waterfall, this place is considered a sacred place to local community where many cultural activities have been held here over generations, such as Ma people’s spiritual worshiping ceremonies to pray for good harvest and thrive life. Belonging to Sounds of the Earth route and standing out on the majestic natural landscape of Ta Dung forest, this poetic granite waterfall is an ideal destination for exploration and adventure.