List of national parks of France

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French national parks (in red), regional parks (in green) and marine parks (in blue)

The national parks of France is a system of ten national parks throughout metropolitan France and its overseas departments, coordinated by the government agency Parcs Nationaux de France.

The first national park was established in 1963 and the most recent park was created in 2012. The French national parks protect a total area of 3,710 square kilometres (1,430 sq mi) in core area and 9,162 square kilometres (3,537 sq mi) in buffer zones in metropolitan France.

This puts over 2% of the total area of metropolitan France under some level of protection. French national parks draw over seven million visitors every year.


Name Photography Department Area Established
Vanoise National Park
(Parc national de la Vanoise)
Vanoise National Park.JPG Savoie 1,250 km2 (483 sq mi) 6 July 1963
Port-Cros National Park
(Parc national de Port-Cros)
Port-cros-nature 1.jpg Var 7 km2 (3 sq mi) 14 December 1963
Pyrénées National Park
(Parc national des Pyrénées)
Aspe Parc national Pyrenees.jpg Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques 457 km2 (176 sq mi) 23 March 1967
Cévennes National Park
(Parc national des Cévennes)
CornicheDesCevennes.JPG Mainly Lozère and Gard, also Ardèche and Aveyron 913 km2 (353 sq mi) 2 September 1970
Écrins National Park
(Parc National des Écrins)
Olan Ecrins National Park.jpg Isère and Hautes-Alpes 918 km2 (354 sq mi) 27 March 1973
Mercantour National Park
(Parc national du Mercantour)
Le Mercantour National Park.jpg Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 685 km2 (264 sq mi) 18 August 1979
Guiana Amazonian Park
(Parc amazonien de Guyane)
Camopi.JPG French Guiana (overseas department) 33,900 km2 (13,089 sq mi) 27 February 2007
Réunion National Park
(Parc national de la Réunion)
View on Mafate.jpg Réunion (overseas department) 1,054 km2 (407 sq mi) 5 March 2007
Guadeloupe National Park
(Parc national de la Guadeloupe)
Guadeloupe 123 - Massif de la Soufrière 1467m - Chemin des bains jaunes.jpg Guadeloupe (overseas department) 173 km2 (67 sq mi) 20 February 1989
Calanques National Park
(Parc national des Calanques)
Calanque de Port Miou.jpg Bouches-du-Rhône 520 km2 (201 sq mi) 18 April 2012

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