Guided tours around Baile Herculane, the Stone Valley and the Domogled Mountains

Domogled National Reservation,  ©paleo_bear/Flickr

Domogled National Reservation, ©paleo_bear/Flickr

Baile Herculane is mostly dominated by the Domogled Mountains. As you travel towards Baile Herculane the first impressive thing you notice is the Cernei Valley on the left side. This beautiful region offers several natural sights and there are guided tours which lead you the way.

Some of the locations can be reached by car while others only by foot. Challenge yourself by climbing the hills and peaks around the Domogled Mountains. The highest peak is about 1105 m and it is called Domogled Peak. Along the paths you can see several passes and lots of natural beauties.

The Stone Valley

The path starts at the old lime factory which leads towards a narrow breach of the mountain called Prolaz, or in other name Stone Valley. The path follows an abrupt hill among cliffs surrounded by beautiful scenery. Along the way you pass by a few caves and soon the tiring climb stops and the trail goes straight ahead leading to a friendly landscape. On the left you will notice the borders of Domogled Natural Reservation. After another hour of climbing you will reach a resting point called La Sipot where you can refresh yourself with some clear spring water. Further on the trail you will get to a dense woodland area together with the waters of Ogasului Feregari.

Prolaz narrow, Eniko Seres/private photo

Prolaz narrow, Eniko Seres/private photo

Peaks and valleys

At the stop of La Sipot there is a signpost leading towards the Domogled which you can follow by leaving the valley path which turns towards the north. The trail goes by the Natural Reserve, gets to a spring. After 700 meters you will see the Domogled peak on the right and Soimului peak on the left. If you have a local guide he can take you to Padina Soronistei where you will find the Large Cave. From here you can admire the view overlooking the whole Cerna Valley and Baile Herculane.

The road to Domogled peak, Eniko Seres/private photo

The road to Domogled peak, Eniko Seres/private photo

Domogled National Reservation

Follow the path leading towards the National Reservation of the Domogled Mountains, the home of several plants and animals which can be found only in the country of Romania. The trail leads back to your point of departure. If you haven’t had enough there are still a few short tours and hikes in the area to the Hungarian Cave and more.

Domogled National Reservation,  ©paleo_bear/Flickr

Domogled National Reservation, ©paleo_bear/Flickr

Caves and bears

The Large Cave or in other name the Devil’s Mouth or Cave of the Tartars with a length of 200 meters is one of the largest caves in the area. The access gallery leads to large hole, called the Hall of Shatterings where you can climb down with appropirate equipment. From the cave entrance there is a 91 m slope. Be careful not to step or hurt one of the special species living here, spiders, butterflies, scoprions and such. After some excavations there were bear bones found in the depths of the cave.

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