20 National Parks to explore in France
France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with a total of 12 time zones. France has long been a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.
Brenne Natural Regional Park is situated in the region of Centre in the south-west of the Indre département. It is said to be one of France’s best-kept secrets this is probably due to the size of the area and its ability to remain hidden from the casual tourist. It covers around 166,000 hectares and it has around 2,000 lakes and ponds and a paradise for flora and fauna. To discover the rich biodiversity of this magnificent area of calm and serenity, visitors can take a number of discovery hikin
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.
Écrins National Park is one of the ten French national parks. It is located in the south-eastern part of France in the Dauphiné Alps south of Grenoble and north of Gap, shared between the départements of Isère and Hautes-Alpes. It rises up to 4,102 m at the Barre des Ecrins and covers 918 km2 of high mountain areas, with high peaks, glacier fields, glacier valleys, alpine pastures, subalpine woodlands, and lakes. One of the nice trekking destination and also rock climbing is possible here.
The Guadeloupe National Park located in the Leeward Islands of the eastern Caribbean region has the world's most extensive Permian fossil reef, the four highest peaks in Texas. You can experience the beautiful mountains, canyons, deserts, and dunes. It also has a vast collection of flora and fauna, both marine and terrestrial. The park covers nearly 22,000 hectares and this place is a paradise for trekkers and also for wildlife lovers too.
The territory of the Amazonian Park of Guyana covers 40% of French Guyana, making it the largest national park in France and of the European Union. it protects one of the strongest biodiversity zones on the planet, as well as the original ways of life and the human activities of the inhabitants of the rivers and forest. It cannot be accessed from the sea-shore or by any other means other than by airplane or pirogue. Guiana Amazonian Park represents the biggest rain forest protected area in the w
Parc Naturel Régional de la Chartreuse is a regional nature park located in the region Rhône-Alpes between Chambéry, Grenoble, and Voiron, on the border of the departments of Isère and Savoie. It is based on the massif de la Chartreuse and covers an area of 76,700 hectares with a population of about 50,000. The park was established in 1995.
Mercantour National Park is a French national park with an area of protected land that covers around 685-kilometer square. The park includes beautiful lakes, diverse wildlife, many valleys, and villages. There is a lot of footpaths through villages which gives a varied experience to visitors.
A vast protected area which was located in the Grand East region of France. It has a wooded range of hills covered by vineyards that produce the region's eponymous sparkling wine and champagne. The objective of this place is to preserve the heritage of their region and ensure economic development in the territory in compliance with environmental concerns. The highlight of this park is the beautiful and protected dwarf beech trees with particularly strange shapes.
Morvan Regional Natural Park is a protected area of woodlands, lakes, and traditional farmland in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of central France. It covers a total area of 285,000 hectares and extends through four different departments with the majority being in Nièvre. The area was officially designated as a regional natural park in 1970. One of the nice trekking destinations and also a picnic spot.
This beautiful regional park which was created in 1969, was the second of its kind in France. Extending over 425 000 acres. It includes a wide variety of landscapes, settings, and activities that reflect the diversity of the beautiful environment. One of the nice trekking destinations and also there are chances of so many adventure activities too. It also has a vast variety of wildlife too.
The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Natural Park is the largest Regional Natural Park in mainland France. This vast territory suitable for hiking includes four volcanic massifs, which are the chain of Puys, the Monts Dore, the Cézallier, and the Monts du Cantal, as well as an old granite plateau that is Artense. One of the nice trekking destination and also a nice camping spot too.
The Haut-Jura Regional Natural Park is a mountain territory that covers the highest peaks of the Jura chain which was located on the borders of the two regions Franche-Comté and Rhône-Alpes. The park covers an area of 165,000 hectares of greenery and it offers a wide range of flora and fauna. Trekking is possible and the park welcomes you to the natural beauty of France and also it is a natural habitat for a wide range of wildlife also.
Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park stretches over the two Auvergne départements of Puy-de-Dôme and Haute-Loire. A network of hiking trails and quiet roads crisscrosses peaceful countryside alternating between conifer forests, green meadows, and high-altitude moors. The principal entry points for the park are Chateldon and Thiers to the north of the parc, Ambert, and Usson. There are also various small villages and hamlets to explore in the park and also there is also a wide range of wildlife
Pilat Regional Nature Park covers around 72,000 hectares. An immense expanse with varied landscapes alternating between fir and beech forests, pastures, hillsides covered with vines, orchards... This preserved territory is home to many animals and plants. Nature-lovers and athletes will enjoy the various footpaths, mountain bike trails, and bridle paths.
The Pyrenees National Park stretches for 100 km from east to west, from the Aure Valley to the Aspe Valley. With peaks rising to over 3,000 meters, an abundance of waterfalls and mountain torrents, 230 high-altitude lakes, and vast areas of forest. It is home to some 6,000 izards masses of marmots and a host of birds of prey such as the bearded vulture, the golden eagle, and the peregrine falcon and so more.
The Corsica Regional Nature Park extends over 350,510 hectares, which represents about 40 % of the island. This park is a paradise for those who love nature and beautiful landscapes. It is also one of the challenging trekking destinations and also you can perform so many adventure activities here. It is also home to a large variety of flora and fauna.
It officially came into existence in 2007. The park's volcanic landscape, including the Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano, was designated a World Heritage site in 2010, under the name "Pitons, cirques, and remparts of Reunion Island". Notable endemic species include the Réunion cuckoo shrike and the Reunion Island day gecko.
First National Park created in France in 1963 to protect Alpine ibexes, the National Park of Vanoise celebrates its 50 years. It is situated between the valleys of Tarentaise and Maurienne. No less than 1800 ibexes, 4000 chamois, and 120 species of birds can be found here as well as an exceptional native flora.
The Vercors Regional Natural Park is a regional natural park created in 1970, straddling the departments of Drôme and Isère. The main features that constitute it are indissolubly linked to a geological adventure that founds the main lines of its landscape bringing together cliffs, plateaus, and gorges in an immediate environment of more modest plains and hills. One of the nice place to enjoy the natural beauty.