Pociovalistea Gorge Reserve

Cheile Pociovalistei

Cheile Pociovalistei

1. Category and importance of the reserve: Complex, consisting of picturesque relief, an association of steep slopes, peaks, towers, tanks and chimneys.

2. Administrative situation: located in the Northern part of Alba County, 2 km from its limit to Cluj, on the territory of the Ocolis Village, West of the Runc Village.

3. Geographic position: To the East of Muntele Mare Mountain, on Pociovalistea Creek, left effluent of Ocolis Creek, effluent of Aries, at 1.5 km upstream the confluence.

4. Access routes: On DN 75 Turda-Cimpeni, until the confluence of Ocolis Creek with Aries, then on the village road to the North, on Ocolis Valley, for approximately 4 km until Runc Village, at the confluence of Ocolis Creek with Pociovalistea Creek. From here, to the west, along Pociovalistea Valley, for 1.5 km.

5. Area and limits: 130 ha. To the North the limit starts from the river bed of Pociovalistea and it goes along the forest on the steep limestone of the West slope of Tilva Creek, it reaches 1,016 m altitude and the South limit of Runcu Gorge Reserve. For approximately 600 m the limit is common along a secondary ridge. It heads South, following a small forest and after 350 m it reaches Pociovalistea river bed. It continues towards South with a small valley, which goes around another steep slope belonging to the reserve, and before arriving at the head, it goes West, at the base of the steep slope, arching towards North until it reaches a secondary ridge (of about 400 m) in Pociovalistea river bed. The reserve is in a forested area, with limestone rocks, with difficult access, therefore a buffer zone was established to the West only, on a narrow strip of 150-200 m (in continuation of the buffer zone from the North), limited by the Valley of Talva Creek and, to the South of Pociovalistea Creek, by the West limit of a group of rocks.

6. Integration of the reserve in the interests of the local and general economy: Pociovalistea Gorge represent a local tourist attraction and it can be visited from the Runc Village on the service road along Pociovalistea Valley. It has all the conditions for being included in a tourist circuit that could include Runc Gorge Reserve and Craiul-Scarita-Belioara plain, with accommodation in Baisoara Chalet.


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