5 points of interest
- Natural environment
The Mont Aigoual forest“Aigoual, Forêt d’Exception”
The French Forestry Office, which manages state forests, launched a programme in 2013 called “Aigoual, Forêt d’Exception” (Aigoual: An Exceptional Forest) with the aim of highlighting the massif’s natural and cultural heritage. The Forestry Office thus tries to foreground the different aspects of its multi-facetted management: production, protection and receiving visitors. One key aspect of this approach, which complements other initiatives by local actors, is to improve visitors’ experience in the forest.
Col du Suquet passYou are at the highest point of the hike. On the right bank of the Dourbie, the path crosses a sheer slope that is alternatively made up of zones of solid granite and other zones where it has decomposed due to weathering into coarse granitic sand. To the south, the views encompass the entire Lingas massif, a high wooded plateau overlooking, further south, the region around Le Vigan and the Languedocian plain.
A former farm turned forester's house in 1880. In the early days of the Mont Aiguoal reforestation, forestry officers lived here year-round during their missions. Forestry workers working on the replanting were allowed to use the outbuildings. Later, only one official resided here. Since 1967, no official has permanently lived here. (B. Mathieu)
The Bonheur riverThe Bramabiau site is an example of a karst spring. Here, slightly east of Camprieu, the Bonheur River has dug into the Causse (limestone plateau) and disappears in a natural tunnel. It re-emerges into the open at the bottom of the Aven de Balset, but it twists to the south to disappear again below ground. The river meanders through more than 10 km of tunnels. Then, 700 horizontal meters from its sinkhole, it reappears as a spring! The rock walls of the narrow canyon magnify the sound of its waters and add to its rumbling some acoustic vibrations that are close to a gigantic roaring. This is no longer the tranquil Bonheur, it is the tumultuous Bramabiau.
CamprieuIn the 19th century, the village streets were bustling year-round with a throng of artisans, labourers and shopkeepers, who lived in these modest mountain houses that were also suitable for livestock rearing. Camprieu had: two cobblers, six clog makers, two basket makers, one carpenter, two wheelwrights, two farriers, one miller, two stonemasons, one glassworks, one sawmill, one dairy, two grocer’s shops, a haberdashery and ironmonger’s and one shop for ladies’ “fashion and dresses”. There was also a cheese cellar that produced Roquefort until 1932, a hotel and an inn.
Starting from “Camprieu”, head towards "col des Ubertes" via "Le Cros", "Tabarde", "Maison du bois", "Tailladette", "Terondel".
1) At "col des Ubertes" follow "Col du Suquet".
2) At “col du Suquet” follow the GR® trail towards “Le Vieux Hêtre”, then turn left towards “Mont Mal”, "Serre de Cade".
3) From “Serre de Cade”, there is a technical descent to the road. Turn left onto the road for 1 km till you reach "Sous le col des Rhodes".
4) Turn right and follow “Canayère” via "Le pas du Coulet" and "Les Pins noirs", then continue to “Comeiras”
5) At "Comeiras" start the long climb to “La Roque”.
6) Take the road on the left towards "Valat de Malbosc", then turn left to “Les Monts”. Then head towards "Pont de l’Âne" via "La Combette", "La Matte" and "Conduite forcée".
7) At “Pont de l’Âne”, go to “St Sauveur des Pourcils” via "Le Muguet", "La Fonderie", "Valat de la Fonderie". Then head for “Carrefour des Pourcils”.
8) Turn right to return to "Camprieu" via "Travadaire", "Rouveyrolle", "Abîme de Bramabiau", "Perte de Bramabiau", "La mairie", "La Croix basse".
This circuit is taken from the guidebook Massif de l’Aigoual, published by the communauté de communes Causses Aigoual Cévennes as part of the collection Espaces naturels gardois and the label Gard Pleine Nature.
- Departure : Camprieu
- Arrival : Camprieu
- Towns crossed : Saint-Sauveur-Camprieu, Dourbies, Trèves, Lanuéjols
Tourism & national parc'house
Col de la Serreyrède, 30570 Val d'Aigoual
04 67 82 64 67
The Maison de l'Aigoual houses the tourism office Mont Aigoual Causses Cévennes and the Maison du Parc national. This visitor centre provides information on and raises awareness of the Cévennes National Park, its sites and events as well as the rules that must be observed in the National Park's central zone.
On site: changing exhibitions, video projections, Festival Nature events and shop Open year-round
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