A few miles away from La Chaise-Dieu, in the north of the Haute-Loire region, an arboretum was planted in spring 1993 on 3 hectares of land in the resinous tree forests covering the Chaise-Dieu plateau. If you are a fan of botany, you will love this magnificent site.
A visit to the arboretum is the chance to see rare, ordinary or even surprising trees like the mysterious monkey puzzle tree... In all, there are 96 varieties with 2/3 of the deciduous trees in plots of 25 trees in 4 different areas... Along the way, small information panels include interesting stories and scientific information about the various trees.
Accessible all the year round, good walking shoes recommended...
A detailed visitors' booklet is available from the Chaise-Dieu Tourist Information Office for €3.
A hiking trail with yellow signposts leaves from La Chaise-Dieu and leads directly to the site through the magnificent nearby forests...
- Signposted trail
All year round.