More than a natural refuge, Cevennes National Park is a stronghold of traditional French life and culture. Humans settled here hundreds of thousands of years ago, and this is the only national park in France that still has people living within its borders.
The landscape varies from grasslands and forests to rocky heights, and there are some 400 farms in the mix. The villages of Le Pond-de-Montvert and La-Garde-Guerin, with their charming stone houses, are major attractions.
Natural highlights in the park include the dramatic gorges carved out by the Tarn and Jonte rivers. The parkland becomes progressively more rugged as you head north. There are several caves in the park, including Aven Armand which is large enough to completely enclose Notre-Dame Cathedral.