The Touristic Trail ,,St. Peter’s Cross” – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route: The Hiking Route

Name of the Touristic Attraction: The Touristic Trail ,,St. Peter’s Cross”

Location: in Mehedinți County. The access on the route is made from the national road E70, on the communal road crossing Gura Văii, at approx. 50 m from the railway bridge.

Description: It is a touristic route made of natural elements but also of special attractions due to its opening to the Danube and to the Iron Gates Dam. It is a path of woody vegetation, namely of “Carpen” (Carpinus betulus) Forest , Gorun (Quercus petraea) Forest and Linden Forest. There are also Mediterranean vegetation elements such as “cărpiniţa” (carpinus orientalis) or the thorn. The slopes coming from the Danube River are covered with numerous lilac shrubs. From the Cross Hill you can admire the Iron Gates I Hydropower and Navigation System. The occupations of the local people here are various: agricultural crops, shepherding, fishing, hunting, silkworm growing, milling, woodworking, handicrafts and textiles, etc. Tourists are greeted here with cow, sheep and goat milk.

Conditions:

Hiking:

            – length of the route: approx. 6.6 km

            – average scroll time: approx. 3 hours

            – degree of difficulty: medium

            – requires good physical condition (resistance to physical effort)

            – marked with a blue vertical band on a white background

            – depending on the season, it is recommended:

  1. Equipping with boots and waterproof clothing
  2. Endowment with at least one bottle of 1 liter of water per person and a support stick

– for this route, the tourists must be accompanied by the rangers of the Iron Gates Natural Park as well as for all the routes, because here are natural elements of invaluable value for the Romanian as well as for the European geology, flora and fauna.

Information and Contact:

The route is located on the administrative territory of Iron Gates Natural Park:

          phone/fax: +4 0252 360 511,

          phone: +4 0372 702 529,

          website: http://www.pnportiledefier.ro,

          e-mail: parc@drobeta.rosilva.ro

Route close to other Thematic Routes:

        In the area you can also visit:

  • “Gura Văii Vârciorova” Natural Reservation
  • “Cracul Crucii” Natural Reservation
  • The Iron Gates Hydropower Plant Museum
  • Drobeta Turnu Severin

Other useful information:

 Accommodation:

  1. “Clipa” Hotel, phone: +4 0352 401 723
  2. “Europa” Hotel, phone: +4 0252 333 737
  3. “Ambiental” Pension, phone: +4 0745 169 459
  4. “Corona” Hotel, phone: +4 0743 128 658
  5. “Tudor” Hotel, phone: +4 0352 405 653

GPS Coordinates:

 The beginning of the route – N44 40.010, E22 33.273

 The end of the route – N44 40.759, E22 31.636