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The Cevennes National Park

Created in 1970, the Cevennes National Park is one of the ten national parks of France.

This vast territory of medium mountains (2,700 km2) located in the south of the Massif Central extends over the Lozère, the Gard and the Ardèche. It has a permanent population of 64,000 inhabitants spread over 127 municipalities. Like all national parks, this jewel of nature is composed of a core area, a remarkable, protected and regulated space, and an area of adhesion, made up of the communes that have adhered to the charter of the National Park and its values.

Discover the Cevennes National Park

From the granitic highlands of Mount Lozere to the majestic forests of the Aigoual, from the vast limestone plateaus of the Causse Méjean notched by the spectacular Tarn and Jonte gorges to the sharp ridges and deep valleys of the schistose Cévennes, the opportunities to marvel at the sumptuous landscapes are numerous!

Go and meet an exceptional fauna!

Deer, roe deer, mouflons, beavers, griffon and monk vultures, and bearded vultures have been reintroduced by the Park and live in large numbers on the territory. The otter, the black woodpecker, the Egyptian vulture or the Tengmalm’s owl have returned naturally.

The flora is rich and varied!

You may have the chance to observe rare, threatened or protected plants, such as the Venus hoof, the adonis or even the Balearic cyclamen, and others that can only be found in the Cevennes, such as the saxifrage or the Cevennes arabica.

The natural wealth of the Park is also based on the great variety of natural environments (peat bogs of Mount Lozere, cliffs of the Jonte or Tarn, steppe grasslands of the Méjean causse, moors of the Cevennes ridges, deciduous or coniferous forests…), on the generosity of springs and rivers, on the purity of the air, sky and water, or on a fascinating underground world…

Exceptional heritage !

How could you not fall under the spell of a magnificently preserved traditional architecture – dwelling houses, bridges, turreted bell towers, fountains or other mills – and the multitude of isolated farms or tiny hamlets nestled in the vegetation!

Did you know that?

International Dark Sky Reserve

In the National Park, the quality of the starry sky, the beauty of the night landscapes and the richness of the night fauna are exceptional. In order to preserve them, actions to raise awareness of the general public to light pollution are conducted. In August 2018, it was awarded the prestigious label “International Dark Sky Reserve” (Rice). It is now the largest Rice in Europe.

Outdoor activities

In the Cevennes National Park

Like to get moving in nature?

With its 5,000 kilometers of marked routes, the National Park invites you to discover its magnificent landscapes on foot, in the company of a donkey, on horseback or on mountain bikes. In addition to hiking, you can practice canoeing, climbing, via ferrata, speleology, alone or accompanied by professionals.

A wide range of activities (geocaching, animal observation, mountain biking, orienteering or snowshoeing courses…) awaits the whole family in outdoor resorts: 4-season nature pole of Aigoual, mas de la Barque, Mont Lozère resort…

Did you know that?

Territory listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site

This territory has been distinguished by Unesco on two counts, as a Biosphere Reserve, for the special balance between man and nature, and as a World Heritage Site for the cultural landscapes of agro-pastoralism of the Causses and Cevennes.

Park spirit

A brand inspired by nature

Many professionals – accommodation providers, tour guides, farmers, restaurant owners, tourist site managers, tour operators, craftsmen, etc. – are beneficiaries of the National Park Spirit brand, which promotes their activities and products that respect the values of the national parks.

Cévennes Tourism presents its new Label committed(e)s Sustainable Tourism!”

The objective of this certification is to promote a more environmentally friendly tourism, alongside the Cevennes National Park and the Esprit parc brand, to preserve natural areas and the living environment.


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