Cévennes National Park
About Cévennes National Park
The Cévennes National Park is a national park located in southern France, in the mountainous area of Cévennes. Created in 1970, the park has its administrative seat in Florac at Florac Castle. It is located mainly in the départements of Lozère and Gard and covers some parts of Ardèche and Aveyron. The Aven Armand cave is located in the park. In 2011, the Park was made a part of The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape UNESCO World Heritage site.
Attractions near Cévennes National Park
The highest peak in the Cévennes range and it is commonly used for skiing during the winter months and offers some stunning natural scenery and is covered by coniferous plantations and 'broom' scrub moorland. Its vast, smooth expanses are dotted with rounded granite balls shaped by erosion. Small streams flow amid the peat bogs, which are home to precious endemic flora.
Mont Aigoual is the highest point of the Gard department with an elevation of 1,565 m. Located on the border of the Lozère and Gard departments and is the highest mountain of Gard. The mountain is formed by granite from the Palaeozoic era. From the top of this mountain, you can see a good part of France, from the alps to the Pyrenees, and from the Puy de Sancy to the Mediterranean sea. One of the nice trekking destination and also a place with beautiful sights.
The Causse Méjean is a vast French limestone plateau that is part of the Grands Causses. It is the highest of the Caussenards plateaus with an altitude varying from 800 m to 1,247 m at Mount Gargo. Its surface area is approaching 340 km. The Causse Méjean is entirely included in the perimeter of the Causses and Cévennes site, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list on June 29, 2011.
The Aven Armand cave, discovered in 1897 by Louis Armand, Martel's second-in-command, has a forest of over 400 stalagmites in its immense underground chamber. It is not exactly a cave: the latter is a horizontal underground cavity, more or less deep, comprising at least one accessible part. It has been open to the public since 1927 after a man-made tunnel and walkway paths were created to permit easier viewing of the Grand Salle.
Bambouseraie en Cévennes is the perfect place to bond with nature. A uniquely special botanical gardens with over 1,000 varieties of bamboo, rare flowers, and remarkable trees and plants, offering visitors a magical and completely unexpected break in the Cévennes. It was ranked as one of France’s most beautiful gardens.
These limestone caves are host to a wide variety of unique mineral formations and a perfect year-round place for all ages to visit. At various times in history, the cave has also served as a hiding place and refuge. At the time, visiting the cave was quite perilous, but in 1931 a funicular, concrete stairs and walkways with sturdy railings and extensive electric lighting were installed to make it accessible to the general public.
Where is Cévennes National Park
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The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes administrative region covers an area of 69 711 km2 in the centre and east of the south of France. It is a collection of regions of diverse topographies, climates, natural resources, cultures, folklore, architecture, and languages.