Remarkable attractions around the campsite
The Dauges Nature Reserve and peat bog
Managed by the “Espaces Naturels du Limousin” Conservatory.
Visit the reserve and its “Maison de la Tourbière” with a GPS. This 200 hectare reserve was created in 1998 and is one of Haute-Vienne’s finest peat bogs. Its flora and fauna are outstanding :
The Summer Lady’s-tresses (a whitish orchid also known as Spiranthes aestivalis), 2 different types of Drosera (carnivorous plants) and the rare Lycopodiella inundata (primitive fern) as well as dragonflies, otters and birds.
Exhibitions and themed outings are organized from March to October : The history of man and of the landscape, nocturnal outings, naturalist drawing classes for beginners, flora and fauna watching, insect watching…
The Gartempe and Taurion’s valley
If you like to fish, you’ll love our rivers : the Gartempe (whose river source is in the Guéret hills in Creuse) and the Taurion (from the Millevaches Plateau).
For the last 20 years, salmon has been reintroduced into the Gartempe and the river Taurion is known for its fario trout, gudgeon, bleak and predatory fish population.
La Jonchère Arboretum (National Forest Office site)
Tree nursery and ornaments created by Henri Gerardin and André Laurent in 1884.
This is a fascinating 6 hectares arboretum with remarkable conifers : 60 botanical species, trees that are several hundred years old. More recently, 600 trees were replanted here, including a collection of maple trees, Torreya Californica, Japanese Cephalotaxus harringtonia Fastigiata, Chinese Cunninghamia, Virginia Tulip Tree, Amabilis Fir, Tilia Argentea, Stone Pine… and many others. Visitors can take a self-guided tour all year round.
“Le Bois des Echelles” and remarkable trees
(Between Bersac and St Sulpice Laurière)
There are many forests in the area, with mainly broad-leaved trees and thickets. The altitude (500-700 metres) had a direct impact on the vegetation, both wild and planted, and therefore on the landscape. A definite change of scene for visitors taking a stroll here ! The types of flora and fauna that are found in the area: chestnut trees, beech trees, birch trees, alder buckthorn trees, holly, ivy, honeysuckle, sage, mountain ash, blueberry bushes…
La Pierre Branlante or “Rocking stone”
(via La Jonchère St Maurice and Sauvagnac)
This is actually a pile of stones that weigh several thousands tons: the smallest ones are at least 20 cubic metres square!
You can find the “rocking stone” by climbing up the rock formation and by pressing down at just the right spot. Legend has it that sacrifices took place here. The Rocking Stone culminates at an altitude of 650 metres, giving visitors a spectacular view of the Ambazac hills. This rock formation is renowned, as is the nearby take-off area for hang-gliders and paragliders.
This is also the departure spot for Freeride mountain-biking and the “Singletracks Mountain Bike Park” (www.singletracksassos.com).