Park Highlights

The Bicaz Gorges are famous for their 1000 ft. limestone rocks towering over narrow roads and passes. The road that slices through the Bicaz Gorges (Cheile Bicazului) is among Romania's most stunning and spectacular.

For kayakers and fly-fishing enthusiasts the park's main attraction is the Red Lake (Lacul Rosu), created in 1837 after a major natural landslide. Short and long walks provide access to the lake's spectacular scenery and many fishing spots. The Bicaz Gorges offer a unique view of the Ceahlau Mountains.

Fast Facts

LocationEastern Carpathians (Harghita and Neamt counties)
Size17,000 acres
Best known forThe impressive Bicaz Gorges and Lacu Rosu (Red Lake)
Natural featuresGorges, Jurassic limestone walls
ActivitiesFishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Rock climbing, Wildlife and bird watching

Natural attractions

Bicazului Gorges - the most spectacular road pass in Romania

The Red Lake (Lacul Rosu) - formed by the natural damming of the waters of the Bicaz stream

Sugaului Gorges

Piatra Singuratica Peak

Flora and Fauna

The alpine wildlife is represented in this area by: the wall lizard (Lacerta muralis) the red deer (Cervus elaphus), the brown bear (Ursus arctos), the lynx (Lynx lynx), the wolf (Canis lupus), the pine marten (Martes martes) and the beech marten (Martes foina).

The wall creeper (Tichodroma muraria), the three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), the rock bunting (Emberiza cia), the raven (Crovus corax), the capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), the oral owl (Strix uralensis), the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), and the great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocops major) can be seen in the park area as well.

Nearby Attractions

The monasteries around Targu Neamt (Agapia, Neamt, Varatec) -

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina -

The famous hand-made pottery center at Corund

The town of Suceava -

Park Essentials

Main access points

Balan, Bicaz Chei, Barnadu, Lacul Rosu

How to get here

By air

Nearest airports located in: Iasi, Suceva

By car

National road DN 12C (Miercurea-Ciuc - Suceava) to Bicaz Chei
National road DN 12 (Brasov – Miercurea Ciuc) to Balan

By train

Nearby train stations:Piatra Neamt, Gheorghieni, Bicaz

Train schedules: To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes please visit the website of the Romanian Railways:
The site has complete information about domestic train schedules and fares.
Note: For departures from/to Bucharest please select Bucuresti Nord.


Camping areas, Hotels, Tourist pensions

Tourist info

Bicaz Gorges – Hășmaș Mountain National Park Administration
Address: Str Principala 44 A, Izvorul Muresului
Telephone: 0266 336.540