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The ridge is regarded as one of the most beautiful sights in the Carpathians. The two-day northsouth ridge trail is both challenging and rewarding. Starting at either Plaiul Foii in the north-west or Curmătura in the north-east, walkers climb up to the ridge before following a somewhat precarious path along the narrow spine. The descent at the southern end leads into a karst landscape of deep gorges and pitted slopes where water penetrating the rock has carved a series of caves.
The whole range is included in the national park Parcul Naţional Piatra Craiului (Piatra Craiului National Park).

The first protection of this area started in 1938 when 4.4 km were declared as a "Nature Reserve". The Law 5/2000 enlarged this area to 148 km. In 2003 the external limits and internal zoning were created. Since 1999 a park administration exists and since 2005 a management-plan is in place.

In the national park area about 300 fungi species, 220 lichen species, 100 different mosses, 1100 species of superior plants (a third of the number of all plant species found in Romania), 50 Carpathians endemic species and also two endemic species for Piatra Craiului can be found.

There are also 2 endemic species of spiders, 270 butterflies species, amphibians and reptiles, 110 birds species (50 listed in the Bern Convention and 6 in the Bonn Convention), 17 bats species, chamois and other large herbivores and also many large carnivores (wolfs, brown bears, lynx) living in the national park.

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