Racovăt – Boldovin
Red Point (RP)
Description of the route
The route beginsat the end of the public road 607 C of Iloviţa village that meets a sylvan road situated in the north part of the village. It follows the sylvan road but also the Racovat river which is on the left side of the direction. After about 750 metres we will see cliff formations that stand out on the right versants of the sylvan road, and on the left side we have the Racovat river. The main sylvan vegetation in this sector of the route is cărpiniţa, holm ,beech. After about 1,1 km we will walk along a bridge that passes the river letting it on the right side of the direction, the route continuing with a medium ascent of 5 %. The tourist route continues on the sylvan road and after 1,2 km on the right side we can see the ruins of a chalk factory on Racovat of over 100 years , then after 550 mon the left side of the road we see the sylvan bollard 187 from UP I Racovat. After 200 mthe sylvan road splits and we follow the right way which follows the Racovat river ; we follow this sylvan road, which after 200 mhas got a fallen down section and the route moves along the Racovat riveron a small section of 100 mthen it gets out again on the sylvan road. Here the route changes following the E direction, in standing crop, on a visible goat path and starts to climb having a more accentuate ascent of 20% on a section of 100 muntil you enter a fir tree forest on a distance of about 120 m ,and then you enter a holm tree forest. The route continues on the path, the ascent being easier because it goes on the contour line on a section of 800 mpassing through a holm tree with hornbeam forest then we enter a mixed beech tree forest , and after 250 mon the north-east direction we meet a crossroads of three grooves where a small river flows, the route leaves the path and climbs the east versant along the small river, climbing being difficult to be done on a section of 100 m then it moves on the left side of the small river and the climbing is equally difficult ,the ascent being of 30% and we follow the signs of the tourist touring and after a distance of about 400m we arrive in a glade/opening , where we have the first belvedere point P.B.1, with an opening of 180 degrees ,from here you can see Meteriz and Racovat on South-West direction, the Mehedinţi Plateau on the west. The altitude in this point is of 510 m. We continue the route along the margin of the forest on the right side on a distance of 370 m climbing the Boldovin hillwith an ascent of 20 %.We then enter the large glade almost 150 m, continuing climbing on NE-E direction, following the hill and the margin of the forest after a distance of 300 malong a gladewe arrive on a small platform, on top of Boldovin at an altitude of 633 mwhere we have the second belvedere point P.B.2, with an opening of 360 degrees, we can see the top of Meteriz and Racovat at SW, far away the Micilep Crest (Teiul Moşului Crest) and Predealul Mare si Mic Crest, at Norththe crests of Mehedinţi Plateau, at SE the Dealul Slatinicul Mare and Matorat Crest. The route continues on East direction passing through the glade for about 240 m and we meet a back road which we follow on the right side in the south direction and after a distance of 400 m on the left side we see a deallocated banker; following the back road after 150m we see a number of 4 dwellings and the route leaves the back road and goes in the South direction passing through a glade on a distance of 300 m returning on the back road and comes down the Foie-n Fir for about 200 m , entering a rare holm forest where you can see a number of 6-7 dwellings, the climbing being done on a distance of 1,8 km through the forest following the signs of the tourist route and after leaving the forest we enter a glade where we see a dwelling (Gherghescu’s dwelling ) which the route passes on a distance of 100 mthrough a meadow of fruit trees ; we enter a large glade and after 300 m of easy descent on the crest we have the belvedere point P.B. 3with an opening of 180 degrees;from here you can see Iloviţa village at S and at Eastthe Matorat Crest , the route markings are at the visibility limit of 100-150 m. Continuing the descent for almost 550 min the middle of the glade it arrives at the end of the route on the sylvan road crossing with it afterwards.
Length in km
Difference of level (total)
4 h (backward 4h)
Beginning of the route – N44 45.740, E22 28.196
Cliff formations – N44 46.116, E22 28.042
Ruins of a chalk factory on the Racovat crest – N44 46.859, E22 27.797
Sylvan bollard 187 from UP I Racovat – N44 46.96, E22 27.546
Lay-over place – N44 47.103, E22 27.715
Small river – N44 47.074, E22 28.183
Belvedere point 1 – N44 47.314, E22 28.048
Belvedere point 2 – N44 47.583, E22 28.354
Deallocated banker – N44 47.369, E22 28.601
Gherghescu’s dwelling – N44 46.254, E22 28.249
Belvedere point 3 – N44 46.072, E22 28.283
End of route – N44 45.807, E22 28.166
No. of applied signs
No. of posts
No. of signage
No. of informing panels and their location
1 panel; one of them at the exit of 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 communal road 607 C
Year of route homologation
Natural elements and attractions:
Natural forest landscape: from the very beginning of the route , on the sylvan road we can see a forest with a mixture of orientalhornbeam (Carpinus orientalis) , beech (Fagus sylvatica) and holm (Quercus cerris) .at the contact with the Quercetum farnetto-cerris association there are rare exemplary of Pinus sylvestris.
In spring in the herbal stratum, the prevernal vegetation appear to us by snowdrops ( Galanthus nivalis).
The Bahna-Orsova depressiondoes not impress byheights, cliffs, steeps, but by the easy curves of the hills and valleys.
Here life flows easily , in an archaic pace. The old houses in Iloviţa and Bahna, of nineteenth century and beginning of twentieth century , some of them being declared architectonic monuments, represent proofs in the past. The traditional food of cow, sheep and goat milk, lures you during the whole ecotourist route. The end of spring and beginning of summer is the season of cherries, ecological fruits, because the polluted industry is too far away of these Mehedinti Places
Use of whitewash, as traditional activity in these places, is remembered in the old ovens, but also the ruins of the chalk factory on Racovăţ Valley.
The tallest point in this route is the Boldovin Hill (633 m), border between Iron Gates and Mehedinti Plateau, but also the place from which one can see the Piatra Voditei, the Danube and Orşova at a distance. From the Boldovin Hill, the path follows an old sylvan road, today only for those who want to admire the landscape by road, without any means of transport.