PARC NATUREL REGIONAL DE LORRAINE
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PARC NATUREL REGIONAL DE LORRAINE

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THE LORRAINE REGIONAL NATURAL PARK

A nugget of the region, the Regional Natural Park of Lorraine extends over a territory of nearly 210,000 hectares and includes no less than 183 municipalities located on either side of the Nancy-Metz axis and spread over the departments of the Meuse, Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle.

Two main areas stand out:

  • To the east, an area rich in ponds and salt-tolerant areas stretches from Château-Salins to Sarrebourg.
  • To the west, the Côtes de Meuse, Côtes de Toul and Côtes de Moselle with their forests, meadows, vineyards and wetlands of the Woëvre stretch from Metz and Jarny in the north to Toul in the south.

To the east as to the west, the PNRL works to protect natural environments that are home to rich flora, fauna and landscapes in Lorraine and which constitute real reservoirs of biodiversity.

A link between Man and Nature, the park promotes both the environmental and cultural riches of its territory and invites its visitors to discover them thanks to slow tourism:

  • activities and discovery outings
  • hiking
  • bike rides
  • observation and discovery of birds on landscaped trails and ornithological observatories (Madine, Lachaussée, Le Lindre)
  • local products to be found in shops labeled “Boutiques du Parc”
  • etc

THE PNRL AND THE TERRES TOULOISES

The Terres Touloises community of municipalities has no less than twenty municipalities on its territory that are part of the Regional Natural Park of Lorraine. The city of Toul is in itself one of the major gateway cities of the PNRL.

The Côtes de Meuse and Toul, the Plaine de la Woëvre and the Côtes de Moselle shape the territory of the Community of Communes Terres Touloises with their magnificent forests, orchards, ponds and meadows divided between plateau, valleys and embankments.

Nuggets of the territory, the Forêt de la Reine and the Etangs de la Woëvre constitute a true reserve of biodiversity where fish farming has been practiced for centuries and where ornithological tourism is gradually developing. Several sites of these two natural entities have also been classified as world heritage wetlands!

The relationship between people and nature is most remarkable along the Côtes de Toul, where vines have been cultivated since Antiquity and where many winegrowers await visitors to let them taste their productions. Other emblematic sites of the Côtes de Toul, the Roises site and the Maison de la Polyculture in Lucey testify to centuries of agriculture and hemp cultivation in particular.

NATURE TOURS

Since 2022 and as part of a quality approach in nature tourism and ecotourism, the Regional Natural Park of Lorraine offers you the opportunity to discover its wonders over the course of thematic visits in the company of nature guides, specialists in fauna, flora, landscapes or even local history.

These nature outings are done in small groups of a maximum of fifteen people and can be found on the PNRL agenda.

The Terres Touloises Tourist Office has a nature guide specialized in the territory of the Terres Touloises Community of Communes and offering thematic visits (in French) at different times of the year (find the visits here).

  • Lakes - Ponds - Bodies of water
  • Alluvial valleys - Rivers - Streams
  • Peatlands - Marshes - Salt plains
  • Forests - Remarkable trees
  • Caves - Caverns - Quarries
  • Calcareous grasslands, wet meadows
  • Meadows and damp forests
  • Observatoires ornithologiques
  • Zone halophile continentale
  • Regional country park
  • RAMSAR
  • Natura 2000
  • Visit on your own at all times