Forêt fossile

The fossil forest Champclauson is a unique geological site of its kind in France: the trunks of trees and plants 300 million years fossilized in "life position" in their natural setting, the cliff in an old mine.

The fossil forest Champclauson is a vestige of the mining heritage of the Cevennes.

In the showroom you discover the scattered fragments of fossilized trunks and leaves, animals of the Carboniferous era in actual size: millipede 2 meters long.

View Slideshow explains the fossilization of these plants.

The train takes you through a Mediterranean forest and you see some mining relics along the route.

A search area for children: paleontologists apprentices will be able to discover a dinosaur skeleton 6 meters long and skulls of dinosaurs (shovels, rakes, brushes provided for free).

Accessibility for persons with reduced mobility

Site and train access


  • Easter to November
  • Throughout the year for groups by reservation
(at 30.00 km)
Forêt fossile
30110 La Grand-Combe
Lat : 44.2436 - Lon : 4.02259
Tel : 0466603465
Fax : 0466549133
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