BOIS DES BOEUFS
This trail takes its name from an old legend that an ox, possibly bewitched by a fairy, once drowned in the twisting waters of the river.
Come and escape in the maze of the mysterious “Bois des Bœufs” and stroll to the sound of the lapping of the Morne waterfalls.
The Jarrauds waterfall holds a central place in the history of Bourganeuf. Located in the town of Saint-Martin-Château, 15 km from the village, the course of the Maulde drops 15 m into a natural basin, surrounded by cliffs and granite blocks. The waterfall was exploited in 1888 by Marcel Deprez, who built a hydroelectric plant, the first to produce direct current. The electricity thus created was transported over 14 km for the first time and made Bourganeuf a pioneer town, illuminated by the electricity fairy. Today, the sound of waterfalls guides visitors through the woods to the electrical factory dating from 1912 and partly funded by Baron Rothschild.
Located within the perimeter of the Regional Natural Park of Millevaches en Limousin, this major natural site of 50 hectares is listed as a national heritage. A discovery trail “Stone fields and Augerolles waterfalls”, fitted out with several explanatory panels, leads visitors to the stonemasonry site, to the bog, to the restored mill and finally to the waterfalls. The site of the waterfalls has a certain faunistic and floristic interest.
RIGOLE DU DIABLE
LA MAZURE LANDES AND PEATLANDS
Located between Lake Vassivière and Lake Lavaud-Gelade, this peaty bottom is part of a set of characteristic environments of the Plateau de Millevaches. This site is one of the most remarkable in the region, in terms of well-preserved habitats but also in terms of rare and protected species.
Botanically, there are several round-leaved sundews, intermediate sundews, marsh narthecia …
In terms of fauna, in addition to species linked to wetlands and water (otter, brown trout, viviparous lizard, etc.) we also note a good number of animals linked to large open areas, mainly in birds: Martin, circaete Jean-le-Blanc, farlouse pipit.
This peatland is a Natural Zone of Ecological, Faunistic and Floristic Interest (ZNIEFF).
THE VERGER GORGES
1st classified site in Limousin for the protection of natural sites and monuments of an artistic nature (1912), the Gorges du Verger is a place of getaway a few hundred meters from the town center of Bourganeuf. Romantically inspired, you will find in the gorges many peaceful places suitable for contemplation, meditation and relaxation.
THE THAURION GORGES
The interpretive trail allows you to taste the charm of this deep valley, a registered site rich in biodiversity. The old bridge, a moor and of course the very picturesque gorges contribute to the charm of the place.
THE EPAGNE FOREST
Natura 2000 site because of the interest of its forest environments, walk through this forest with a special atmosphere, in the heart of its remarkable plant set, to discover its fauna and flora via an interpretive circuit in twelve stages (4 km – 2 h), imagined by the school children. Discover the natural resources of the site; the geological composition of the soil (gabbro) and the presence of the Vige promote a remarkable ecosystem: wild garlic, winter horsetail, otters, salamanders, black woodpeckers …
THE 9 STEPS STONE
The ideal place to disconnect and listen to yourself.
It is located at the top of Puy Maria which dominates the village of La Martinèche, where the birthplace of Martin Nadaud is located. The upper face of this rock, 3m high, is hollowed out by two connected pools. It is accessed by the east face which has nine steps 1m wide, roughly cut.If it is accepted that only the hand of man can cut the granite in this way, the mystery remains as to the origin. and the use of this stone. Legends attribute to him healing powers for children. The upper part of the body should be placed in the small pelvis and washed with the water from the large pelvis. Drinking water from the basins and throwing a coin or a pin into it without being seen would cure a fever. But, we must not forget that the basins are connected to each other by gutters, a system reminiscent of sacrificial stones.
Peat bog of the Bourdeau pond
A Natura 2000 classified site, the pond is characterized by the presence of a floating raft which occupies part of it. The peat bog located at the end of the pond is classified by biotope protection decree, in particular for the particularly rare plant species it hosts: the andromeda with pollium leaves, sundew and sheathed cotton grass. Also, the peat bog presents an almost unique wealth, since it covers a relatively small area almost all of the evolutionary stages of a peat bog. Remarkable natural space, calm and serene for amateurs, very rich scientific space for connoisseurs