The Aigoual massif is the result of large-scale reforestation, which began at the end of the 19th century. At that time, the mountain was bare, the soils ravaged and the floods in the valleys were catastrophic. Resources are overexploited by peasants who clear the land, by transhumants grazing in excess, but also by loggers providing wood for heating or for forges and glassworks. The forester Georges Fabre then undertakes the reforestation of Aigoual. The task is gigantic. With the help of botanist Charles Flahault, arboretum * were created to test exotic species that could adapt to the terrain and climate of the massif.
Nowadays, the national forest of Aigoual comprises 16,000 hectares, spread over the Gard and Lozère.
Its construction began in 1887 and ended in 1894. From the summit, at 1567m, you can admire on a clear day, a magnificent 360 ° panorama. An exhibition takes you behind the scenes of the meteorological profession, a museum presents old measuring instruments and photos of the massif before reforestation.
The climatic conditions are extreme: the summit is one of the wettest places in France, the strong winds blow with peaks of 250 km / h, snow and fog are also very present in autumn and winter
Open: from May 1 to the end of September from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Beautiful panoramas, orientation table at the "Belvédère de la Cravate", about fifteen kilometers away and at the Weather Station.