The northern part of Gorj County is occupied by the peaks and slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. Divided by river valleys that descend into the southern hills, the mountains offer endless attractions and experiences, from the wildest and tallest peaks to the gentler ranges covered in forests. The unique and splendid landscapes, deep forests teeming with wildlife, the winter sports opportunities or fascinating hiking paths make the Carpathians an amazing destination.
Nature & Landscape
Gorj County is among the last wild destinations of Europe, with pristine and diverse landscapes, a variety of natural wonders, a wealth of plant and animal species. From the alpine heights of the Carpathians in the north to the rolling hills and valleys in the south, Gorj reveals the endless beauty of nature.
Gorj County is blessed with a multitude of extraordinary natural wonders, one of the best destinations in Romania for exploring wild caves and gorges or experiencing the thrill of adventure. Although only two of the caves are arranged for tourists, there are hundreds more to explore for professionals and enthusiasts. Apart from the Jiu Defile, the county offers dozens of other smaller gorges and canyons, some of them with unique natural features, like the Sohodol, Oltet or Corcoaia Gorges.
Some of the last wilderness areas of central Europe can be found in Romania and Gorj County is such a destination. Although not what it used to be in the past, the land is still forested, with large areas included in national or natural parks. The diversity and importance of the vegetal and animal species is astounding. Inside the territory of Gorj County travelers can find rare or extinct wildlife species, unique ecosystems and countless opportunities for inspiring discoveries.
The stupendous natural beauty of Gorj County is protected inside national parks and other protected areas. From old forests to rare floral species and from mysterious caves to idyllic valleys, there are countless natural destinations to amaze and inspire travelers. All of the protected areas of Gorj have something special or unique to offer, but most of all, preserve the unspoiled natural diversity. Most of these areas can be explored with ease through charming pathways and trails.