Print Posted By Lost in France on 1 May 2006 in French Regions - Languedoc-Roussillon

Cevennes National Park

Cevennes - photo copyright Serge BibauwThe Cevennes National Park was created in 1970 and is a World Biosphere Reserve. The park crosses the departments of Lozere, Gard and Ardèche and covers an area of 3210 Km in the Languedoc region. The Cevennes are part of the Massif Central mountain range. It has a rich diversity of plants and wildlife including beavers, wild boar, otters and over 2,250 species of plant including the carnivorous plant the Sundew. Mont Lozère is its highest point at 1,699 m and is a beautiful area of sub-alpine meadows. 

The park covers a range of habitats from limestone plateaus known in France as Causses, deep valleys and caves to rich forests. The park is extremely accessible with over 1,800 kilometres of marked trails, paths and bridleways waiting to be explored. The area is rich in myth and history, one legend tells of the Beast of Gevaudan - La Bete du Gevaudan a semi human wolf like monster that was apparently responsible for numerous deaths between 1764 and 1767 often in very bizarre and mysterious circumstances. In the 19th century the area was used for silk farming and even today you can still find Mulberry trees in the forests.

In order to protect the park all visitors to the Cevennes are asked to follow a country side code:
  • Dogs are forbidden without a leash: they disturb wild fauna and domestic cattle.
  • No collection or removal of animals, plants, minerals and fossils belonging to the area.
  • No litter: to keep the environment clean.
  • No fires: to avoid forest fires and soil degradation.
  • No noise or disturbances: to ensure peace in the park.
  • No camping, no camper-vans, no caravans in central area of Park; to maintain the beauty of these sites and stop pollution.
  • No off-roading on bicycle, motorbike or car; driving is banned apart from on authorized routes.
  • Respect enclosures, shut every gate.

Château de Roquedols

Set in a forest this fairy tale castle was built in the 15th century, the inside of the chateau is open in the summer months of July & August and houses several exhibitions and is also the information center for the national park. The outside and forest is accessible all year round.

Nimes Le Vieux

An area of amazing and sometimes precarious rock dolomite formations located near Lozere. There are several marked trails and footpaths.

Aven Armand

Aven Armand is a limestone cave situated in Lozere it was discovered in 1897 and has been open to the public since 1927 and is well worth a visit. The main cave is 120 meters long 60 meters wide. The cave is full of stalagmites which sparkle and glitter because of their mineral content, the largest stalagmite is 30 meters long and the largest stalagmite in the world to date.
For opening times & prices:
Aven Armand website - English & French

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