2. Vodita – Dealul Duhovnei

Route name

Vodiţa – Duhovna Hill




Mehedinţi Plateau

Touring type



Yellow Point (YP)

Description of the route

The touring starts at Vodita viaduct on the European road  E70, andit follows a secondary road to  the Vodita Monastery on a distance of  1,3 km; near the monastery on the left side  there are the ruins of the old monastery; here we see a road junction  (1) where the route passes through the Vodita river  on the left side and continues up-river along the  standing crop and after 500 m it enters a deallocated  sylvan road; the tourist route continues on the sylvan road from the Vodita valley 2,5 km to a road junction (2), where we follow the deviated line on the left side on the back road  elbow of contour line going on the south side along  Necusor on a distance of 900 m then we enter a small glade, we pass it half way on about  100m, we enter a standing cropwe go  on the route along Necusor 400 m and enter another small glade that we pass on a distance of  100 m, enter the forest and after covering 400 m we meet the road junction (3);from here the route has got a secondary deviated line on the way on the right side  being also the limit of UP-smarked with two vertical red bands on arbors; we go on the secondary deviated line on a distance of  800 m and enter a glade, we pass it in the north direction  150 to the border of the forest the touring goes on its right side on a back road and after 400 m we meet an isolated dwelling, thenthe tourist touring  passes through the agrarian lands on a section of  400 m, we meet 2 dwellings  found on the right and left; here there is in fact the end of the secondary touring and the first belvedere point 1. Starting from herethe tourist touring  goes back the same deviated line until the road junction (3) and here there is also placed  a lay-over  ,then the route follows the back road from  the Duhovna Summit on a distance of 4 km until another belvedere point  2where one can leave the standing crop, pass near a protocol building  of Romanian Border Police  and after  150 m you can arrive at the end of the route, atcrossroadswith E70, the Bahna viaduct.

Length in km

12,8  km

Difference of level  (total)

430 m

Running time

4-5 h (backward 4-5 h)

GPS Coordinates

Beginning of route - N44 42.933, E22 28.780

The  Vodiţa Monastery, N44 43.478, E22 29.339

Ruins of  the  Vodiţa Monastery - N44 43.438, E22 29.222

Road junction  - N44 43.419, E22 29.394

Road junction 2 - N44 44.400, E22 30.571

Road junction 3 - N44 44.510, E22 29.624

Lay-over place - N44 44.510, E22 29.624

Isolated dwelling 1 - N44 45.032, E22 30.073

Belvedere point.1 - N44 45.201, E22 30.279

Belvedere point.2 - N44 43.160, E22 28.552

End of the route - N44 43.185, E22 28.445


In spring/summer/autumn

No. of applied signs


No. of posts


No. of signage


No. of informing panels and their location 

2 panels ; one of them at the Vodita viaduct  the other one at the Bahna viaduct

State of route


State of marking


Necessary works to execute

There aren’t

Covers on route

Capacity no. place/their state

A lay-over place set up with a small table, two benches and a recycle bin

Difficulty degree


Route importance


Access in the area

By car – from D.E.70

By train – from Vârciorova from the station ,about 1,5 km

Year of route homologation  


Natural elements and attractions:

The ecotourist touring begins in a holy place, the first monastic place in Wallachia, on the Vodita Valley , weaves near the  Vodiţa river, on the  Scoruş Valleyand returns at the Danube pe cărările Dealului Duhovnei. The route has a heelplate shape, which begins  and ends past two nearby viaducts. Those who pass through it can see the beauties of nature and the Romanian faith.

Before climbing the Vodita Valley, the wall dug in the cliff keepsthe marks of the geological events spent hundreds of million years ago: overlapping of  Pânza Geticaand Autochthon Danubian, Parautochton of Severin having the right of “ lubrecant”.

The Vodita Valley, which seems to be ordained to tourism, is like a paradise of vulnerary herbs. The one who wants different remedies for affections, can pick up  within bounds , of the flowers, the leaves of the plants even today with marvelous action.

In order to know other valleys with healing power , the touring turns off almost in straight angle  on the Scoruş Valley and then  like a coil it climbs Duhovna Hill, from where, if you pay attention, you can admire the  regions of  the Bahna-Orsova Depression.

The path  goes on the west side of the Duhovna Hill, hill with  secular Turkey  nut tree forests. The forests of this hill are protected, here being another sylvan reservation of the Iron Gates Natural Park. In the past it was called the forest with old trees. The old trees were trunks of trees (especially oak), fallen to the ground, which in time, by the agency of rain, wind, sun,were becoming white. At a distance they looked like some big, white bones.  If you are lucky, walking along the path, you can still see today these kinds of old trees.

The forest is represented on the side of the route  entrance of mixture of holm with oriental hornbeamand hornbeam, and  holm forest at the end of the touring on the Duhovna Hill.

The fauna is rich in different reptiles, forest birds, carnivorous and vegetarian mammals as well as avifauna characteristic for the Bahna Gulf and the Danube.


Vodita - Dealul Duhovnei