Created in 1970, the Cévennes National Park is one of the 10 national parks in France. This vast mid-mountain territory (2,973 km2) located to the south of the Massif Central, extends over Lozère, Gard and the borders of the Ardèche. Its population is 67000 inhabitants spread over 120 municipalities.
Like all national parks, this natural gem is made up of a core, a remarkable, protected and regulated space, and a membership zone, made up of the municipalities that have signed the National Park charter and adhere its values.
Human-nature interactions, built over the centuries, are the basis of the richness of its biodiversity, the beauty and diversity of its landscapes as well as its cultural abundance.
This territory has been distinguished by Unesco for two reasons, as a Biosphere Reserve, for the particular balance between man and nature, and as a Property inscribed on the World Heritage List for Humanity for the cultural landscapes of agro-pastoralism in the Causses and Cévennes.
Parc national des Cévennes
6 bis, place du Palais - 48400 FLORAC
In the National Park, the quality of the starry sky, the beauty of the nocturnal landscapes and the richness of the night fauna are exceptional. In order to preserve them, the Park has initiated actions to raise the general public's awareness of light pollution and has engaged the electricity unions and municipalities in a process of renovating public lighting. It also supports astro-tourism projects. In August 2018, it won the prestigious label International Dark Sky Reserve. It is today the largest one in Europe..
Stars, constellations and the Milky Way can still be admired with the naked eye in the Cévennes National Park, without equipment, to the delight of amateur and professional astronomers alike.
From the granite highlands of Mont Lozère to the majestic forests of mount Aigoual, from the vast limestone plateaus of the Causse Méjean cut into the spectacular gorges of the Tarn and the Jonte to the sharp ridges and deep valleys of the schistous Cévennes, the opportunities to marvel at the landscapes sumptuous are endless.
Come and meet an exceptional fauna : deer, roe deer, mouflons, beavers, griffon vultures and monks, and bearded vultures have been reintroduced by the Park and thrive in the area. The otter, the black woodpecker, the Egyptian vulture or the Tengmalm 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, adonis or the Balearic cyclamen, and others that can only be found in the Cévennes, such as saxifrage or cevennes crab.
The natural wealth of the Park is also based on the great variety of natural environments (peat bogs of Mont Lozère, cliffs of Jonte or Tarn, steppe lawns of the Causse Méjean, moors of the Cévennes ridges, deciduous or coniferous forests, etc.), on the generosity of springs and rivers, on the purity of air, sky and water, or even on a fascinating underground world ...
How not to fall under the spell of the beautifully preserved traditional architecture - residential houses, bridges, bell towers, fountains or other mills - and the multitude of isolated farms or tiny hamlets nestled in the vegetation!
The traces of a multi-millennial history are clearly visible: megaliths from prehistoric times, Gallo-Roman remains, medieval churches and castles, high places of Camisarde resistance ... You will have many opportunities for great cultural discoveries!
With its 5,000 kilometers of marked trails, the National Park invites you to discover its magnificent landscapes on foot, in the company of a donkey, on horseback or by mountain bike. In addition to hiking, you can practice canoeing, climbing, via ferrata, caving, alone or accompanied by professionals. A wide range of activities (geocaching, wildlife observation, mountain biking, orienteering or snowshoe trails, etc.) awaits the whole family...
Three Park Centres, located in Florac, Génolhac and Col de la Serreyrède, and a network of Park information points welcome you and guide you in discovering the National Park. Many professionals - accommodation providers, tour guides, farmers, restaurateurs, tourist site managers, tour operators, craftsmen, etc. - are beneficiaries of the National Park Spirit mark, which promotes their activities and products that respect the values of the national parks.
Numerous events, organised in partnership with the Tourist Offices and Associations, allow everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, to discover the fauna, flora, history, geology, in the form of conferences, exhibitions, workshops, etc...