3. Tarovat

Route name





Mehedinţi Plateau

Route type



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

9,2  km

Difference of level (total)

244 m

Running time

4 h (backward 4h)

GPS coordinates

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

Difficulty degree


Route importance


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.