Novaci city is located in the north-east of Gorj county, in the contact area of Parang Mountains with Oltenia Subcarpathians, at 44 km from Târgu Jiu. It is situated in the depression area with the same name, at 504-680 m altitude, on the middle course of the river Gilort.
The city and its administrative territory is crossed by transalpine road DN 67C (DN 67 – Novaci – Obârşia Lotrului – Şugag – Sebeş/E81, 148 km), passing through four counties (Gorj, Vâlcea, Alba, Sibiu) and three mountains (Parâng, Lotru, Şureanu), from the Group Parang of the Southern Carpathians. Maximum altitude of this transalpine road is reached at the Pasul Urdele, at 2141 m altitude, being the highest road step in Romania. DN 67C is also known as the “Road of the King”, being built during the reign of King Carol II, before the Second World War.
The administrative area of the city covers 24,250 hectares (of which 6608 ha is agricultural land, 10,133 ha are covered with forests and urban land is 960.82 ha) and extends to north until the main ridge of Parâng Mountains. Comprises four belonging villages – Berceşti, Hiriseşti, Pociovalistea and Siteşti with a total of 6,115 inhabitants and has as neighbors the villages: Baia de Fier and Bumbeşti Pitic at east, Mălaia and Voineasa (Vâlcea County) at north, Crasna at west and Bengeşti Ciocadia at south. From the city belongs the tourist complex Novaci Rânca, located at about 1,600 m altitude.
Poziţia localităţii, în arealul Subcarpaţilor Olteniei şi pe versanţii sudici ai Munţilor Parâng, determină varietatea şi structura reliefului, tipul de vegetaţie şi lipsa surselor de poluare, elemente determinante în constituirea cadrului natural al teritoriului administrativ ce aparţine oraşului Novaci.
The position of the village, in the Oltenia Subcarpathian area and southern slopes of Parâng Mountains, determine the relief variety and structure, the vegetation type and lack of pollution sources, determinant elements in establishing the natural frame of Novaci city’s administrative territory.