Three very different geographic areas, all within the same national park – that’s the best way to describe the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse National Park.
Firstly, the park includes the high moorland area of the Fens, with its wet soil and numerous marshes. Next, we have the Calestienne, a relatively dry limestone massif with remarkable southern flora and fauna. The third region is also the best known: the Ardennes forest region.
The three areas form one special ensemble, wherein nature enthusiasts can enjoy a wide variety of fauna and flora.
As the name suggests, the valleys located between the Sambre and the Meuse form the backbone of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse National Park. Its territory covers 22,129 hectares, with the main municipalities being Couvin, Viroinval, Chimay, Momignies, and Froidchapelle.
The beautiful Eau d’Heure lakes are a major tourist attraction for the national park. It’s the ideal place to participate in all kinds of water sports, cycling, hiking, and simply enjoying the lush green nature. An ideal way to discover the limestone massif is to descend into the Neptune Caves. They’ll transport you several billion years back in time!
In short, this national park is the ideal destination for nature and geology enthusiasts, with its many outdoor leisure activities suitable for the whole family.
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