Parc du Morvan

FRANCE BURGUNDY NIEVRE Mont Préneley

Created in 1970, the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan [www.parcdumorvan.org/] is one of the oldest regional parks in France and the only one of its kind in Burgundy. The 2990 square kilometer area encompasses over 117 towns that cut across the various departments of Burgundy (however most of the park is set in the Nièvre department). Created with the intention of aiding in the preservation of local flora (over 67 species) and fauna (over 247 species), the Morvan Regional Park comprises of dense woodlands, several lakes and wide pastoral plains.

The towns and villages that are nestled in the park are predominantly rural, with most of the residents engaging in trades associated with the park itself- such as farming, ranching and Christmas tree logging.

The main entry point of the park is located at the Morvan Visitors’ Centre, which sits west of the St-Brisson village. Also known as Espace St-Brisson this visitor centre acts as the tourist office for the entire park.  The Espace St-Brisson also houses a few museums such as the Maison des Hommes et des Paysages [ad/ch €3/1.50] which focuses on the relationship between humans and the Morvan environment; and the Musée de la Résistance [+33 386787299, www.museeresistancemorvan.fr/, ad/ch €4/2.50]. The Morvan regional Park was once an important stronghold for the Resistance forces during the Second World War. The densely wooded surroundings provided the perfect hiding place for the Resistance fighters as they gathered support and strengthened their forces. This museum documents the key events and personnel behind this Resistance movement. The Espace St-Brisson also sheathes a Herbularium, which features a few hundred local, protected plant species.

The Park is a fantastic outdoor activity base. The park is home to over 2,500km of marked hiking trails, rolling hills and craggy peaks for mountain biking and rock climbing; as well as several big lakes, which make for superb kayaking and canoeing trips. 

 

 


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PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL DU MORVAN
  1. St-Brisson