six CANOE KAYAK TRAILS IN
THE TARN GORGES
The most beautiful descents of the Tarn gorges within paddling distance
Descend the Tarn Gorges by canoe or kayak , in sports mode or rather calm, is certainly one of the best outdoor activities to do in family, with friends or alone!
Discovery Trail – 6 km
The best way of discovering the Tarn Gorges at your own rhythm
A trail accessible to all, gently discover the Tarn Gorges in half a day ! This excursion is ideal for beginners to canoeing or kayaking or for families who want to travel at their own pace and enjoy the bathing spots. This section of the Gorges is the calmest part and least used in main season.
What to see : the hamlet of Castelbouc, semi-troglodyte village dominated by the castle’s ruins, the village of Prades.
The Cool Trail – 6 km
Ideal trail to learn canoeing or kayaking, for families who want to go at their own pace!
A short “cool” route of 6 km where you cross the village of Sainte-Enimie and the village of Saint Chély du Tarn. It is perfect for those who want to take the time to swim and enjoy the panorama without paddling too much!
What to see : The medieval village of Sainte Enimie and the small monastery above the bridge, St Chély du Tarn and its impressive resurgence.
Classic Trail – 13 km
Not too long, not too short, just enough to take it all in
This trail, animated by mild rapids, is a good compromise to be able to discover the traditional villages in the Tarn Gorges. Put down your oars, take in the view and swim in the river’s clear waters.
What to see : the medieval village of Sainte Enimie and the small monastery above the bridge, St Chély du Tarn and its striking resurgence, the castle of la Caze, XVth century converted into a hotel and the last hamlet before coming to the arrival point, Hauterives, accessible only by boat, its numerous terraces, imagine them cultivated !
Large Classic Trail – 19 km
The ideal trail if you really want to discover the area
If you like to paddle and you want to see a maximum of things in one day without being worn out then this excursion is for you ! This trail is made up of peaceful sections where you can contemplate the surroundings but also a succession of small rapids which liven up the navigation.
What to see : Castelbouc, Sainte Enimie, Saint Chély du Tarn, Pougnadoires, the castle of la Caze, the hamlet Hauterives (only accessible by boat).
Grandiose Trail – 23 km
The reward for sportsmen and sportswomen : a breathtaking grand finale !
This sporty trail is spectacular and all your efforts will be rewarded. The last part of the excursion takes you past the most impressive section of the Tarn Gorges called the Détroits (Straits) : the canyon narrows out and you follow the stunning sheer cliffs in a magnificent landscape. And to crown it all, you’ll navigate a few more rapids along the way for even more sensations !
What to see : Ste Enimie, St Chély du Tarn, La Malène, les Détroits, cirque des Baumes.
Evasion Trail – 29 km
A canoe break
Over a weekend, travel along the Tarn Gorges by canoe or by kayak. Admire the protected scenery in this rare jewel the Lozère with XXL proportions. Pretend to be trappers, surprise the wildlife and gaze lovingly at the plants. Dive, swim, navigate. Immerse yourself in the purity of nature ! After a day of paddling at your rhythm, bivouac stop at the campsite Nature et Rivière *** for the night (the camping equipment is not provided).
What to see : you will discover nearly all of the Tarn Gorges!
Carbon Free Trail
Walk or paddle, why choose?
You travel by canoe from Castelbouc to Sainte Enimie (arriving at the Activity Center) then you leave your vessel. Instead of going back to your departure point with the shuttle bus take a walk along the Tarn on the GR 736 to rejoin Castelbouc.
Take the time to look, enjoy the panoramas and breathe in the nature which surrounds you. If you are really alert you’ll certainly find beaver tracks…No time constraints, you arrive whenever you want !
- Closed shoes which don’t slip off your feet
- According to the weather : hat, sun cream, attached glasses, windbreaker
- A T-shirt to wear under the lifejacket
- A change of clothing
- A picnic
Kayak for 1 person
Canoe for 2 people
Canoe for 3 people (the 3rd seat is intended for a child aged 6 to 10 years old)
Kayak for children or teenagers
Map of the river
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