Discover the gorges of the Ardèche
The gorges of the Ardèche are part of these fabulous natural sites that remind us that the creations of Man will never reach the degree of perfection of nature, and that it knows how to be patient to offer us landscapes grandiose began several millennia ago.
Known throughout the world, the Ardèche Gorge refers to a canyon about thirty kilometers long dug by the river in a limestone plateau between the Occitanie and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions. Over time, erosion has allowed the formation of caves such as the Chauvet cave (closed to the public) and the Saint-Marcel cave, as well as exceptional geological formations that can be enjoyed between the Vallon towns. -Pont-d’Arc and Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche.
On the river with many rapids that winds between the green mountains, athletes can practice several water sports such as canoeing and kayaking, as well as other thrilling activities such as canyoning, climbing, caving, zip-line descents and the ULM.
The Gorges de l’Ardèche is also an exceptional setting for hiking enthusiasts and cyclists, with more than 80 km of marked trails that allow you to climb the Dent de Rez overlooking the valley of the Ardèche, and discover everything in tour the dolmens and the natural sites they contain.
A holiday close to the Gorges du Chassezac in Ardèche
Located about sixty kilometers west of the Ardèche gorges and about 30 km from the Domaine des Chênes, the Chassezac gorges are very popular with hikers and cyclists. Rafting, canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, climbing and abseiling are some of the highlights. Portions of the Chassezac River, including the former village of Cornilhon, are home to sandy beaches and pebbles suitable for swimming.
From the campsite, it takes about 50 minutes to get there by the D901 road. You will pass close to charming villages like Malons-et-Elze and Vilefort. After crossing the latter, continue on the D906. You will see the majestic Lake Vilefort on your left, then the town of Morangiés. Access to the gorge is shortly after La Garde Guérin.
The Chassezac gorges fascinate by their high carved limestone cliffs that make it a climbing paradise, in the middle of which passes the river. This superb site is at the gateway to two other protected natural areas: the Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park and the Cévennes National Park.