Cevennes

Cevennes trekking information

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Cevennes 44° 13' 17.7024" N, 3° 36' 52.2072" E

The Cévennes are a range of mountains located in south central France. It is part of Massif Central. It is an area of extraordinary diversity and Cevennes hiking is a fascinating journey from megalithic to modern times. Here is one of the best preserved of French territories and an oasis of forgotten life. The Cevennes are sometimes called France’s last undiscovered "Region".

 

The Cevennes National Park is a spectacular National park, created in 1970, with roughly 800,000 visitors each year. In 1985 the Cevennes park is declared a "World Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO. It stretches across three departements (Lozère, Gard and  Ardèche). In altitude it varies from 378 metres to 1699 metres above sea level. The river Gard flows through the national park

You can see here Europa's most dramatic limestone gorges and caves. The varied landscape ranges from granite tors to deeply incised river valleys. The Cévennes highest peak Mont Lozere (1702 metres) lies on the path referred to as The Stevenson Trail, AKA the long distance walking route GR 70, which stretches from Le Puy en Velay in Haute Loire to St. Jean du Gard in Le Gard. Another peak is Mont Aigoual (1567 meters). This peak is reachable from Vallerauge by the trek of 4000 steps.

 

Concerning fauna; there are 2,420 reported species within the National Park, a.o. otters, black woodpecker, owls, vultures, and frogs. The richness of the flora (2,250 species) is favoured by the diversity of the climates (oceanic, continental and mediterranean).

 

There are 1,800 kilometres of marked footpaths (of which 600km are bridlepaths, 200km are for bicycles, and 100km are for cross-country skiing). The park offers the highest density of Grandes Routes (GR) in France (GR "Stevenson", GR 6, 7, 60, 66 (tour de L'Aigoual), 67 (tour des Cévennes) and 68 (tour du mont Lozère).

 

There are many travel agencies organising treks and hiking tours in the Cevennes. The treks are mostly about one week.

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