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About Defileul Jiului National Park

The Defileul Jiului National Park (Parcul National Defileul Jiului) is a protected area, situated in Romania on the administrativ territory of counties Gorj (92%) and Hunedoara (8%).

Defileul Jiului National Park has a length of 33 km and is crossed by the national road DN66, access is made through the south of locality Bumbesti Jiu or through the north of localities Aninoasa and Petrosani.

The current road, which crosses the Jiu Valley was built by stonemasons craftsmen in 1880s brought in from Italy. Was continued in the interwar period and was paved only after the 50s. In parallel, starting with the interwar period, the railroad was built ,Bumbesti Jiu - Livezeni having 38 tunnels.

Until 1880, the main pass between Oltenia and Transylvania, of Gorj area and Hunedoara was Valcan Pass, road of Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazul), through this step passed the ruler of Romania, in 1600, when he united the Romanian Principalities.

Defileul Jiului National Park has an area of 11.127 ha. The park is covered over 80% of beech and oak forests in combination with hornbeam or ash.

River Jiu traverses by meandering the entire length of the park's 33 km.

Defileul Jiului National Park, houses a rich population of carnivores: bear, wolf, lynx, otter, marten, badger, wildcat,  but also carpathian deer, chamois, deer, birds: golden eagle, peregrine falcon, common buzzard, red kite, white-throated dipper and northern goshawk.

The development of agro-tourism hotels and chalets makes the Defileul Jiului National Park to be a recreational place, as they say, a "green" tourism.

In the time spent on Defileul Jiului National Park can practice rafting, horse riding, hiking, cycling, fishing or you can enjoy the nature in its splendor.

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Address:
Gorj, Romania

Access can be made from locality Bumbesti-Jiu (Gorj County) or localities Vulcan, Aninoasa, Petrosani (Hunedoara County).

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