La Montagne Noire – Black Mountain
A masterpiece of wild beauty, the Montagne Noire is located in the departments of Tarn, Aude and Hérault. An ideal area for outdoor recreation and hiking, it is also a place steeped in history and rich in outdoor entertainment.
Discover its true nature
Why is it called the Montagne Noire ? It is so called because of the trees which give it its colour: beech, fir, spruce and chestnut. Admittedly, it can sometimes seem dark when the weather is not nice, but it is always a real treasure for anyone who dares to venture there. There are lakes, streams and rivers, pastoral atmosphere, lush forests and majestic viewpoints…
The forest's call
Do you dream of an escape, wide open space and originality? Stretching over 70 km, the Montagne Noire should meet your expectations: many hiking trails are marked *, for all levels, on foot, by bike & also on horseback. A multitude of leisure activities in the great outdoors are also possible (tree climbing, canyoning, fishing, golf, swimming, etc.).
* printed routes available at the Tourist Office
Catharism, wars between Catholics and Protestants, maquis and resistance fighters who hid Jews during the war … The Montagne Noire is an area steeped in history. The Cathar Museum, the “Au fil de la Laine” walk in Mazamet or the torchlight tours of Hautpoul, can teach you a little more about it.
A detour to the Pic de Nore
Very close to Mazamet, the Pic de Nore, is the highest peak of the Montagne Noire. Located in the Aude, it rises to over 1200m. At dizzying heights, we breathe in this haven of peace. It offers a unique panorama: you can contemplate the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean Sea, Corbières in the distance…
The time of love, friends and adventure ...
To beat, the heart of the Montagnes Noire never stops: throughout the year, many events take place there: village festivals, balls, concerts, farmers’ markets, cycle races, rallies … all bring life to the Montagnes Noire!
To discover in particular close to Mazamet :
Le Gouffre de Cabrespine et son Aventure Parc souterrain