Morvan Regional Park
Visit Morvan Regional Park (Burgundy, France)
The Regional Parc du Morvan is found in central Burgundy south of Avallon and Semur-en-Auxois, east of Corbigny and west of Autun, and is a landscape of hills and low mountains, woodland and small scale agriculture, crossed by streams, rivers and waterfalls, and hiding numerous traditional villages.
The park was created in 1970 to preserve this natural environment that covers approximately 2,800 square kilometres of rolling Burgundy countryside and falls within four different departments: Cote d'Or, Nievre, saone-et-Loire and Yonne.
It is above all a destination to explore at a slow pace, absorbing the atmosphere and appreciating the little things that make Morvan so special - the path that comes across a small waterfall, that little village clustered around a village church...
There are also several important lakes which offer leisure activities - the most popular is Settons lake right in the heart of the region and surrounded by forests. Others include Chaumecon Lake (our personal favourite) and Panneciere Lake.
Certain scenic highlights in the park deserve particular attention. These include the torrents of the Gouloux Waterfall, the dolmen at Chevresse (at Saint Brisson - actually a natural rock formation not a prehistoric structure despite the name), and the viewpoint at Rochers du Carnaval (Uchon).
Hiking (either on one of the Grandes Randonnées that cross the region or one of the many shorter trails), canoeing and fishing are among the most popular ways to enjoy the peaceful countryside.
Morvan towns and villages
Although there are many pretty villages scattered throughout the rolling countryside there are few major towns within the parc itself - Saulieu is the most important.
Most visitors explore from one of the towns around the Morvan borders that are considered to be 'gateway' towns well placed for exploring the region. These include the larger towns of Autun (to the south-east), Avallon (to the north) and Corbigny (to the west) along with Luzy (south), the thermal spa town of Saint-Honoré-les-Bains (south-west) and others.
The official visitor centre for the Morvan regional park is Saint Brisson, where you can find lots of information about hiking, waymarked trails, cycling and touring in the region.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Parc naturel régional du Morvan, Nievre, Burgundy || GPS: latitude 47.2808, longitude 4.23222
Map of Morvan Regional Park & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Morvan Regional Park, France
- Basilique de Saint Andoche (Saulieu) - religious monument
- Parc de Saint-Léger - remarkable garden (7km)
- Jardin de la Chaux - remarkable garden (10km)
- Morvan - regional natural parc (10km)
- Potager du château de Lantilly - remarkable garden (31km)
- Chateauneuf-en-Auxois - most beautiful village (32km)
- Jardin du moulin de Athie - remarkable garden (32km)
- Flavigny - most beautiful village (34km)
- Alesia - grand site of france (35km)
- Parc et jardins du château de Sully - remarkable garden (35km)
The French version of this page is at Morvan Regional Park (Francais)