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©Vue sur les Cévennes depuis la Cham des Bondons sur le Mont-Lozère|A. Chabert
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Cévennes & Mount Lozère

The Cévennes form a chain of low and medium mountains with numerous valleys, in the south-east of the french Massif Central.

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©Randonnée sur le Mont Lozère|C. Nouet - OTI MENDE
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The Cévennes massif …

… is straddling the French departments of Lozère and Gard and Ardèche, in the extension of the Vivarais mountains located in Ardèche and Haute-Loire (in the North-East) and in the continuity of the Lacaune and Espinouse mountains located especially in the Hérault (in the South).

The name «Cévennes» generally includes a part of the southern plain at the southeastern foothills and in particular the Alesian basin.

A preserved space

The marked relief of this region still particularly landlocked, the harshness of its climate, the specificities of its land and the traditions that have developed there over the centuries, make the Cévennes a specific territory in Languedoc.

Rich in history, this host country has long been marked by wars of religion.
The persecuted Huguenots found refuge in the “Cevennes” relief which was difficult to access.

Today, the Cévennes National Park is located there.
80% of the territory of the National Park is located in the department of Lozère.
The fauna and flora have been preserved and safeguarded.
Some species have been relocated and others have returned naturally.

The Mount Lozère

Formed by high granite plateaus, this rounded mountain offers wide panoramas towards the Cévennes, the Aigoual and the Causses.
While these slopes are heavily forested, its crest is made up of vast grassy areas intended for agropastoralism.

A powerful granite massif.

Its eroded granite has decomposed into curious balls forming scattered chaos from here and there, in heath landscapes.

The massif rises to 1699 meters, at the top of the peak of Finiels.
It is the highest peak in the Massif Central that is not of volcanic origin.

It forms a real geographical entity enhanced by the rivers Tarn, Lot, Altier and Céze.
Its highlands line up for 35 kilometers.

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What to do

Cévennes & Mount Lozère

360° view from the Pic de Finiels on Mount Lozère

A path provides access to the peak of Finiels from the ski resort of Mont-Lozère

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The physiognomy and landscapes of the Cévennes & Mont-Lozère are perfect for walking, mountain biking or horseback riding.
Many small hikes are possible, as well as complete tours of the massif are described in guide books.

Some links to specialized sites “Mont-Lozère” & “Cévennes”: