Morvan Regional Nature Park. Credit Aquadis Loisers

Morvan Regional Nature Park is a protected area located in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of central France. Just two hours from Paris, you can escape to what is known as ‘French Canada’. Here, the fresh air, monumental granite mountains, mystical forests, expansive wild lakes, and captivating valleys promise a total change of scenery. Allow the magic of this place to sweep you off your feet.

  • Location: Morvan Regional Nature Park is situated at the heart of Burgundy, halfway between Paris and Lyon.
  • Size: The park covers a total area of 285,000 hectares, making it one of the largest regional nature parks in France.
  • Geography: The park is characterized by a wild and hilly granite massif, with the highest peak reaching an altitude of 901 meters at Haut-Folin.
  • Natural Features: Morvan Regional Nature Park is known for its diverse natural landscapes, including woodlands, lakes, meadows, valleys, and pristine rivers. The park is often described as a granite island in the middle of a limestone Burgundy.
  • Flora and Fauna: The park is home to a rich variety of plant and animal species. The woodlands are dominated by oak, beech, and pine trees, while the lakes and rivers support a diverse aquatic ecosystem. Wildlife such as deer, wild boar, and various bird species can be found in the park.
  • Cultural Heritage: The park also preserves the cultural heritage of the region, with traditional farmland and picturesque villages scattered throughout its territory. The park was created in 1970 to protect and promote this natural and cultural environment.
  • Outdoor Activities: Morvan Regional Nature Park offers numerous outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. Hiking and trail enthusiasts can explore the park’s extensive network of paths and trails, including the best 10 hikes and trails recommended by AllTrails. The park also provides opportunities for fishing, boating, and cycling.

An Adventurer’s Paradise

For adrenaline enthusiasts, Morvan offers an abundance of mountain bike trails and thrilling rafting experiences. The park is home to six major lakes, each boasting unique attractions. Pannecière Lake, with its tranquil waters, is a haven for anglers. Families in search of water activities, bathing sites, and other tourist offerings should venture to Settons Lake. For white-water enthusiasts, the rapids near Chaumeçon Lake are a must-visit. Marvel at the picturesque Saut de Gouloux heritage site and the dramatic Narvau Gorges.

Step into History in Morvan’s Villages

Take time to meander through hilltop villages like Vézelay, admire the historic ramparts of Avallon, or explore the legendary Bazoches Chateau. The region is also rich with museums, including the Saboterie Marchand in Gouloux (specializing in wood products), the House of Wine and Cooperage in Ouroux-en-Morvan, and an eco-museum that details the history of the Resistance movement in Morvan.

Travel Back to the Celtic Era

Perched on Mount Beuvray, the Bibracte archeology site offers a breathtaking view over Morvan and is a portal to the ancient Celtic world. It’s the most extensive archeological site dedicated to Celtic civilization. Here, visitors can admire authentic artifacts from past excavations and participate in family-friendly workshops. Experience a blast from the past during the Gallic Days. And for those who want to extend their historical journey, the Camping de la Porte d’Arroux campsite is conveniently located just 25km away.

Visitor Information: The park’s headquarters is located at Lieu-dit, Les Petites Fourches, 58230 Saint-Brisson, France. For more information, you can contact the park’s phone number: +33 3 86 78 79 00.