Mokra Gora village lies in the western most part of the wider area of the City of Užice, between the southeastern slopes of Mount Tara and the southwestern slopes of Mount Zlatibor, in the Mokra Gora-Rzav valley. Flanked by Tara and Zlatibor mountains, it morphs into the Šargan Bend, a natural link with Zborište, the highest peak of Mount Tara, to the north, and with Mount Zlatibor to the south, straddling the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It belongs to the group of sprawling villages of old Wallachian type in the Zlatibor region.
Its advantageous geographical position between Southeast and Western Europe, good road links, lush nature, abundance of hot mineral water, the fairy-tale ethno village of Drvengrad on Mount Mećavnik, the ski resort on Iver, the unique Šargan Eight railway, ethnic heritage (homebuilding, traditional crafts, literature, folk customs, beliefs), traditional products (traditional costumes, gastronomy) and hospitality are resources on which Mokra Gora can capitalise and develop its tourism. Many traditional feasts and customs which, in days of yore, provided opportunities for socializing and festivities, have been largely preserved to this day and are a unique experience for tourists.
Mokra Gora as a settlement, occupies a central spot in the Šargan-Mokra Gora Nature Park, at an elevation of 729 metres above sea level. The Šargan Eight, hot mineral springs and the Drvengrad ethno village are sites that have put Mokra Gora village firmly on the tourism map.
The community of Mokra Gora has 549 inhabitants and the average population age is 46.2 years. The community has 237 households, with an average of 2.55 members per household, predominantly populated by Serbs.
The area of the “Šargan – Mokra Gora” Nature Park covers 72.83 square kilometres, i.e. 64.0% of the territory of Mokra Gora village.
On the train to the past
Mokra Gora is a village that has been given a new life thanks to its active community, who participated in the reconstruction of the narrow-gauge railway Šarganska osmica, a tourist railroad which retraces the route of old historical tracks, and that is now protagonist of new tourist routes that stimulate the development of small rural centres.
Exceptional characteristics to be protected
The area of Mokra Gora, Šargan and the southern slopes of Mount Tara have been part of the protected area of the National Park Tara since 1981, when this was formed. A higher level of protection was given in 2005, when this area was given the status of the area of exceptional characteristics, also thanks to the new attention created by the historic railroad.