An ancient cart track, the “Route des Arvernes” linking Nîmes to Gergovie (today Clermont-Ferrand) in Gallo-Roman times, was for a long time an essential communications axis, before becoming a “sentier de Grande Randonnée”. Communications in this “Reliefs Cévenols” region, between Génolhac and Alès (and beyond to Vézénobres) via Portes, were largely organized around it.
From Alès or La Grand Combe, a first stop would be the unmissable château de Portes: its spur, dominated by a watchtower, is impressive.
By the départementale on the way to Génolhac, Chamborigaud can be another stopover. The viaduc du Luech is a well-known structure on this railroad line, still in operation, between Alès and Langogne called “Le Cévenol”.
Further on, successively, the clochers of Génolhac and Concoules stand out. Génolhac’s Romanesque church, flanked by an 11th-century tower, is marked by its “comb” steeple. Tiny alleyways and vaulted passageways add to the charm of this medieval village.
From Génolhac, you can reach Mont Lozère and Mas de la Barque. This nature (and ski) resort, dominated by the Rocher de l’Aigle and Pic Cassini, is one of the highest points on Mont Lozère, at 1,680 m. altitude.