The trail for equestrian tourism
For equestrian tourism amateurs the Administration of the Măcin Mountains National Park (PNMM) possesses 4 horses and the required equipment for this sport.
The starting point of the trail is the park paddock 4 km away from Cerna, it goes on to Arsu Valley – Şaua Mare Peak – Arheuziu Peak – Archizel Peak – Lifnte Peak – Pietrele Albe (White Stones) Peak – Mangina Peak – Puturoasa Valley – PNMM paddock.
The trail is a 13 km long circuit with gentle ups and downs which cross over the peaks on the Southern edge of the park, with rocky steppe glades offering large panoramas over the Cerna Depression and the other Southern peaks of the Măcin Mountains. The meadows with pastures and rock formations alternate with portions of forests and clearings.
On this trail, the mounted tourist leaves the PNMM paddock situated in a wooded pasture following a footpath through fields and vineyards. Afterwards he enters the territory of the natural park where, as he climbs towards Arsu peak, he meets steppe habitats – downy oak clearings, flowering ash, silver pear trees and hornbeam, steppe pastures and saxicolous associations on the peaks. The way down is through the noble vine yards covering the base of the Puturoasa Valley.
Along with the unique landscape, which will certainly not disappoint you, tourists have the opportunity to notice along length of the trail species such as: a unique species of local bellflower (Campanula romanica), pygmy carnation (Dianthus nardiformis), Pulsatilla balcana; endemic butterflies Polia cherrug, Chersotis laeta macini and Chersotis fibriola niculescui; reptiles: Spur thighed Ibera (Testudo graeca ibera), Balkan green lizard (Lacerta trilineata), European copper skink (Ablepharus kitaibelli), Balkan wall lizard (Podarcis taurica), internationally protected species of birds – Long-legged buzzard (Buteo ruffinus), Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabelina); mammals: red deer (Cervus elaphus), beech marten (Martes foina), European pine marten (Martes martes), golden jackal (Canis aureus).
Tourists are accompanied by a specialized guide. Safety equipment is included in the price for equestrian tourism: leather chaps, hats, gloves.
Difficulty: medium difficulty trail.
Period: all year long.
Contact: Marian Berca, field agent - tel: 0746 760 196.