27 Forests to Explore in France

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Forests to Explore in France

Forest Bélouve

Forest Bélouve is a magnificent, unspoiled forest situated at 1,500 meters in altitude. It is protected by Réunion National Park and listed as a biological reserve.

Forest of Argonne

A densely wooded and hilly region in eastern France that forms a natural barrier between Champagne and Lorraine. It is also a historically important area. It was here the Prussians were repulsed in 1792 by the French at Valmy and where U.S. forces swept over the Germans in 1918. A beautiful area for nice trekking and also it is quite adventurous too.

Forêt d'Orléans

The forest of Orleans is a partially state-owned forest and a natural region French located in the department of Loiret in the region Center-Val de Loire. It is the largest national forest in mainland France. It ranges over 50,000 hectares, including 35,000 hectares which make up the national forest, the remainder being privately owned.

Forêt de Mormal

The Mormal forest is the largest forest in the Nord department. It is the only one sheltering a population of deer, having for origin, like wild boars and roe deer, a reintroduction, because the large mammals had completely disappeared there, following intensive hunting after the French Revolution. This is massive for the North of France an essential part of Natura 2000, the Pan-European Ecological Network, and the green belt region.

Grand Macabou

The Domaine du Grand Macabou is a protected natural site located in the town of Le Marin in Martinique. The area was a former plantation Sugar Cane in the xvii th century and xviii th century. Following the decline in agricultural production, the farm was abandoned, and the land was gradually covered by thorny savannah. One of the beautiful places which were flourished with natural beauty, greenery, and beautiful beach.

Guadeloupe National Park

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.

Guiana Amazonian Park

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

Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park

The Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park invites you on a journey to the heart of its beautiful natural heritage. With preserved sites, great biodiversity, and exceptional wildlife and plant species, the park is a truly exceptional place. The park provides a habitat for more than 240 species of birds, in a stunningly diverse range of climate and scenery. It also provides a home for mouflons, successfully reintroduced from Corsica.

La Montagne des Singes

The Montagne des Singes is an animal park located in the commune of Kintzheim in Alsace . In this 24 hectare space which opened in 1969 , we can observe more than 240 magots . Since the park was created in 1969, the Montagne des Singes has also housed a center for studies on the social behavior of magots. One of the nice location which was aimed in the conservation fo Magots.

Martinique Natural Regional Park

The Martinique Regional Natural Park is one of the 54 French regional natural parks. Covering an area of ​​approximately 63,000 ha, its territory encompasses 32 of the island's 34 municipalities and concerns approximately 100,000 inhabitants. The PNR preserves one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots on the planet, the Antilles archipelago, listed as such because of the high rate of endemism in the islands and the threats weighing on this treasure of biodiversity.


The Médoc district of Bordeaux is a naturally beautiful area of coastal lagoons, sand dunes, and pine forests located on the 45th parallel. It is also a global wine powerhouse and home to four of the world's most prestigious wine villages. There are around 16000 hectares of vineyards within this region. One of the beautiful places to spend your leisure time in the middle of nature.

Mont Beuvray

The Beuvray mount , which rises to 821 meters, is part of the Massif du Morvan in Burgundy and Franche-Comte . It is located in the municipalities of Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray and Glux-en-Glenne and Larochemillay. Its summit corresponds to the old Gallic oppidum of Bibracte , capital of the Aedui . On its flanks is the Museum of Celtic Civilization, opened to the public in 1996.

Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park

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.

Montagne des Singes

The Montagne des Singes is an animal park located in the town of Kintzheim in Alsace. In this space of 24 hectares which opened in 1969, one can observe more than 240 magots. The site is open from late March to mid-November. The visit lasts about an hour. It has free parking, a picnic area, restaurant service, and a playground. This place also housed a center for studies on the social behavior of magots.

National Nature Reserve Platier Oye

The Platier d'Oye National Nature Reserve is a national nature reserve located by the sea in Pas-de-Calais. Classified in 1987, it extends over 391 ha and protects a set of coastal environments favorable to migratory avifauna. One of the outstanding location with rich biodiversity and Protected dune with lakes and tidal flats, which should give the necessary rest to many birds and other living beings.

North Vosges Regional Natural Reserve

The Regional Nature Park of the Northern Vosges boasts a rich natural heritage that has hills and landscapes dotted with glades and lakes. The rich natural landscape has been added to the UNESCO list of international biosphere reserves. There are also remains of defensive castles which were inside the forest and also there are many scenic spots to discover with abundant wildlife.

Orient Forest Regional Natural Park

A protected natural reserve of woodlands and lakes in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France which covers an area of 70000 hectares of land. In this natural setting where water constantly vies with the forest, families out walking, solitary bird watchers, water skiing, sailing or windsurfing enthusiasts as well as anglers will each find their little piece of paradise here

Parc naturel régional de Camargue

Régional Nature Park of the Camargue is a designated protected area along the shoreline of the Camargue. The park protects a wetland environment and an adjacent marine area. The boundaries of the park have been expanded to include a lagoon called the Étang de Vaccarès. The Camargue is also the site of a national nature reserve and has been designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.

Parc naturel régional des Ballons des Vosges

one of France's biggest Nature Parks which covers the three former regions of Alsace, Franche-Comté, and Lorraine. It offers some beautiful natural and cultural heritage. There is a series of mountain landscapes, rounded mountain peaks, and high-altitude pastures. It is one of the largest and most populated French regional parks. A wide range of habitats available in the park including so many wildlife varieties too

Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura

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.

Map of Forests to explore in France