Tourist route: Ghelari - Vadu Dobrii - Hațeg Country - Pădureni Land

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Tourist route: Ghelari - Vadu Dobrii

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2. The village of Ghelari - Vadu Dobrii
Access: from Hunedoara town, 18 km modernized road to Ghelari (minibus)
A. 1 h 27 min (47.3 km) via DJ687D, DC103A and DJ687E, 1 h 24 min without traffic
B. 49 min (24.2 km) via DJ687E 49 min without traffic
C. 1 h 29 min (57.6 km) via DJ687D 1 h 27 min without traffic
Characteristics: Crossing the eastern and central part of the Poiana Ruscă massif with the high plateau crossing. Easy way to go along the communal and forest road but grueling due to its length. There are no orientation difficulties. Difference level: 500 m.
The Ghelari commune, situated at the altitude of 700-740 m, in the eastern extremity of the high plateau of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains, is a locality of "woods" with ancient traditions in mining. Prior to 1989 it became an important mining center for the exploitation of iron ore. From an architectural point of view, the dominant element is a monumental church that far exceeds all communal buildings.

From the center of the commune, we head down the main street south towards the cultural home. After 200 m, we pass through a saddle area, from which to the right turn the road to the valley of Retişoara, where is the old train station which in the past binds mining with the blast furnace from Hunedoara. From this, our first glance opens to our left
The rusty walls of the old quarry, of which iron ore was exploited a few decades ago. After 500 m, before reaching the new district, next to a sign (to Bunila), we climb a street to the right, and after another 300 m, to the left. Soon we leave the village and the road begins to climb smoothly to the Mesteacăn Hill.

A wider view opens around us on the plateau of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains to the northeast and on the south-eastern part of the massif in the opposite direction.
At good visibility, in the last plan south, the Retezat Mountains are outlined. On the plateau we see to the northwest the towns of Plop, Cerişor and Lelese. To the east, the platform separating the Valley of Tăul, the blocks in the new neighborhood of Ghelar rise.

From Ghelari to Vadu Dobrii the road is maintained on a distance of 21 km ("foot"), which climbs almost imperceptibly up to the central area of ​​the massif. After 2 km, from Ghelari, we pass through the village of Ruda, the second locality of woods on the route. We continue to the west the highway which, after passing a flat hill, descends to the saddle area where the Poieniţa Voinei village is located. We can see
the narrow hill to the right of the road, in a very picturesque position, a church with a red roof of tile.
After we pass by the Poienița Voinei, the road passes through the Pleșa Hill to the north, after 3 km in the Bunila village. To the north (on our right) is the Poieniţa Valley, or the Pestişele Valley, beyond which the Alun locality and the Alun marble quarry exploit. From the Pleșa Hill we have a beautiful view of the valley that separates the two forest forests and the numerous terraces arranged in the past by the hand of man in order to ensure a minimum of cultivated land necessary for living.

The road crosses the town and continues on the heights towards Vadu Dobrii.
After 4 km, the first pillars of forest begin to emerge and a slope emerges, marking the passage from the high plateau area to the mountainous area itself, forested. Soon we reach the edge of the compact forest area. Here we come across the road that comes from the villages of Sohodol and Lelese. We shift to the left and follow the road along the edge of the forest. Over 1.6 km we are at the top of the Muncelul Peak (1149 m), the highest point on the route. Then the road descends smoothly on Gruiul Hill and it reaches 1.5 km to Vadu Dobrii.

At the entrance to the village we meet on the right the ruins of the funicular station through which the iron ore was transported to Ghelari in the past. The old mines are 350 m southwards, on the valley of Bili.
Vadu Dobrii, one of the few settlements in the country located at over 1000 m altitude, is the highest forest (about 1100 m) in the Poiana Ruscă Mountains. The village stretches over 3 km along the deforested peak of the Gruia. The name of the settlement seems to be explained by its position along the swamps (wading) with wide meadow, the Dobra valley. The village was founded by the Wallachians brought to the Pădureni Land for bokarit.

In a short period (1700-1800), the aforementioned mountains are assimilated by the forests. A decisive contribution to it, of course, was the robust folk culture of the inhabitans. We mean port, customs, songs, dances. At the beginning of the sec. Twenty-one, only the surname, the brunette skin, and eventually the Mediterranean anthropological type, betray their Montenegrin origin. At the exit from Vadu Dobrii to the west is one of the main communication nodes inside the massif. To the north, the roads to Dobra, the Dobra Valley (Bătrâna valley), Hunedoara, the Runcu Valley and the road leading to Poiana Răchițele - Muncelul Mic. To the east descends a forest road in the Bîlii valley leading to Haşdău, and on the west it continues through Vadul meadow the road to Rușchiţa.
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