Blue triangle (BT)
Description of the route
The route begins from the building of the CFR[i] home- Orşova, the access is done on the way that climbs the valley of the mine, on a past sylvan road, in process of set-up. We enter the valley of the mine that goes through a holm forest and after a distance of 1 km we will meet on the right side of the road a past reservoir of Orsova Mine exploitation ; after a distance of 250 m we will meet on the right side the headquarters of the past Orsova mine exploitation, then the route begins with a slight climbing, the ascent being of 10%, we pass through a distance of 650 m and arrive in the first belvedere point P.B.1..The route gets out of standing crop and enters a glade, a part of 350 m with dwellings and meadows with fruit trees, it follows the sylvan road and enters the standing crop on a short distance of 100 m and gets out in a glade that it passes on the west direction through its middle until a road junction (1)where we go on the right side, then after passing a small groove called Ogaşul Mâțului , we arrive in a glade , we follow the back road and after 250 m we meet a road junction (2)and we go on the deviated line that follows the walking sense to west and tourist markings; after 650 m, we meet another road junction (3)that meets the Tarovat river, and there is a lay-over place in this point; from here the route changes its direction following the Tarovat river along it on a path at the edge of the glade on the left of the river and, after a distance of 350 m on the right side of the river there is a place with a well (1),continuing the road after 400 m we pass a back road and here we see another well (2); the route follows the Tarovăt river and the margin of the forest passing about the river following the accessible sections , after a distance of 1,9 km we see a dwelling on the left side of the river, after 550 m we see the sylvan bollard161 UP I, then we pass 240 m and on the right side of the river we can find the Şonc’s dwelling , the route follows the Tarovăț river but also the margin of the forest and after about 500 m ,the route enters standing cropand starts climbing the river, we pass through a holm tree forest and we enter a path called by the local people pătrăulă ,and after a distance of 850 m we get out on a rock-like portionwhere we pass 80 m and arrive atthe end of the route,where we have got the sylvan bollard 51 UP IV, with exit to the communal road 607C.
Length in km
Difference of level (total)
4 h (backward 4h)
Beginning of route – N44 44.166, E22 24.920
Reservoir - N44 44.563, E22 25.495
Headquarters of past mine exploitation - N44 44.622, E22 25.610
Belvedere point 1 – N44 44.816, E22 25.743
Road junction (1) – N44 45.115, E22 25.806
Road junction (2) – N44 45.182, E22 26.037
Road junction (3) – N44 45.355, E22 26.370
Lay-over place – N44 45.355, E22 26.370
Place with a well (1) – N44 45.259, E22 26.560
Well (2) – N44 45.137, E22 26.712
Sylvan bollard 161 UP I – N44 44.507, E22 27.913
Sonc’s dwelling – N44 44.410, E22 27.931
End of route + sylvan bollard 51 UP IV – N44 44.001, E22 28.231
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 being set up before the CFR barrier at entrance, the other one at exit on the public road 607
State of route
State of marking
Necessary works to execute
There are not
Covers on route
Capacity no. place/their state
A lay-over place set up with a small table, two benches and a recycle bin
Access in the area
By car – from D.E.70 on the road from Valea Minei
Year of route homologation
Natural elements and attractions:
The wood vegetation is represented by a forest of mixture, where we meet elements like holm trees (Quercus petraea), garniţa (Quercus frainetto), teil (Tilia platifillos), but also Mediterranean elements as cărpiniţă (Carpinus orientalis) or the butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus).
Flora species are characteristic to the temperate-continental climate, with sub-Mediterranean influences, as orchids (Orchys), Sweet William (Diantus), violas (Viola) or snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).
The fauna is represented by some mammals like the wolf (Canis lupus), the buck (Capreolus Capreolus) or the wild cat (Felis sylvestris), reptileslike the tortoise (Testudo hermanni boetgerri), the green lizard (Lacerta viridis) or the lizard (Lacerta agilis), raptors like the hen-harrier (Buteo buteo) or the red kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).
By its natural dowry, the Ţarovaț ecotourist route representsan outdoor museum, a space opened to an organized , ecological tourism, offering to the visitor the combination of leisure, recreation activities with instructive – educative ones, activities of understanding environment and protection of natural and historical resources.
The traditional occupations of the local countrymen are:plant cultivation, sheeping , fishing, hunting, milling, wood manufacturing, manufacturing of the handicraft objects and textiles etc.
The Ţarovaț route can be generally confused to the soldiers’ past pătrăulăroad. This one representing the border of the Austria-Hungarian Empire with Romania, at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
The sylvan vegetation is represented mainly on the entrance section in the route and the valley of the Tarovat river and it is made up of mixture of holm trees (Quercus petraea) and beech trees (Fagus sylvatica).
On the middle section represented by large glades there is a characteristic flora of Mediterranean influence with species of orchids (Orchys), Sweet William (Diantus), violas (Viola) or snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).
The fauna is presented generally on the sections in the standing crop by mammals (carnivorousand vegetarian) in Romania: wolf, wild cat and wild boar ( Canis lupus,Felis silvestris and Sus crofa ), a lot of species of birds as partridge (Alectoris graeca), kestrel (Falco neumanni) or the Egyptian vulture (Neophron).
On the valley of the Ţarovaț river, we see a wonderful view with a lot of local dwellings which together with the environment, show an archaic, pure air, far away of the noisy life of urban areas.
The route is important, giving a historical theme because, almost half of its length, which weaves on the Ţarovaț valley, overlaps the old Austria-Hungarian border. In fact, the route follows the path on which the old ranger soldiers were patrolling, in the nineteenth century, the path called Pătrăulă.