The forest’s history
Bercé national forest, an exceptional, natural, heritage site, extends over some 5,400 ha. Bercé Forest, which became a listed Royal Forest in the 14th century, was once part of a vast forest that covered the north of the Loire region before the Roman Occupation. It is one of France’s most beautiful oak forests; some of the trees that you can see in the “Futaie des Clos” are more than 300 years old and can grow up to 50 m tall. Bercé oak was previously used for shipbuilding and today is highly sought after for making barrels and fine furniture.
Bercé forest also boasts maritime pines and coniferous trees such as Douglas pines and Austrian pines. Immerse yourself in nature and take a journey back in time, following the regularly maintained trails, from the La Coudre Fountain to the Hermitière springs (a legendary, romantic location where couples paired off during popular summer dances etc.)