The park has 20 approved hiking trails, perfect for nature lovers and 14 other routes in the process of approval. The part of the park, overlapping with the Mehedinti County, includes the wild Valley of the Cesna River and the Cesna River Gorge – a geological reserve, a reserve for the flora and fauna species and protected landscape – a canyon intended for extreme sports lovers. Another important landmark is Stan’s Peak – the perfect reserve for plant enthusiasts. The centuries-old woods with beech trees over 200 years old are found on the Craiova River Valley, but also on the Olanului River valley, the Iovan River, etc. At high altitudes, the Alpine landscape with juniper dominates.
The main protected plants, rare and some of them endemic, in the park include: Balkan ervil, Tragopogon balcanicus, the Banat horn, Lamium garganicum, Banat yellow flax, Primula aurica ssp.serratifolia or Hypericum rocheliana. There are 1,463 species of butterflies, including the endemic Lampronia aeripenella, Melicta athalia mehadiensis, Brevantenia banatica or Eupithecia domogledana. The birds in the European Red List include the common swift, the European roller, the white-throated dipper, the black-eared wheatear, or the yellowhammer. The most important large mammals found here include the bear, the deer, the lynx, and the wild boar.
The Visitor Center of the park is located in Baile Herculane in the Caras-Severin County, but information is also available in the boarding houses of Baia de Arama, Mehedinti County.
Site conservation status – IUCN Category II: National Park.
Manager: National Forestry Board Romsilva – Administration of the Domogled-Valea Cernei National Park
Ecosystems: Sub-Mediterranean forests, calcareous facies, rocks and screes, wetlands.
Predominant classes of natural habitats: pastures and shrubs (4060, 6110, 6170, 6410, 6430, 6520, 6190, 40A0, 6210, 3220), rock formations and caves (8310, 8160, 8210, 8110), forests (9530, 9130, 91V0, 9150, 91E0, 9410, 91K0, 9180, 9110, 91L0), springs (7220).
Protected species: 69 flora species, 27 invertebrate species, 7 fish species, 33 mammal species, 20 bat species, 2 amphibian and reptile species, 23 bird species.
Accessibility: high (DN6, DN670, DN67D)
Accommodation options: good (3 accommodations in Baia de Arama, 2 in Isverna, 2 in Ponoarele, 26 in Drobeta-Turnu Severin).
Tourist flow: 46,402 tourists/year in the adjoining settlements
Entertainment activities: climbing, speleology, canyoning, science tourism, traditional festivals and celebrations, including the Domogled-Valea Cernei National Park Day, hiking.
Restrictions/natural hazards: strong winds – falling trees; landslides due to screes, stone falling, especially in periods of temperature changes or heavy rainfall.
Connection to other protected natural areas in the area of the study: ROSCI0069 Domogled-Cerna River valley, ROSPA0035 Domogled-Cerna River valley.