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Discover forest campsites and explore rural France at its finest


France has more forest than any other European country, so there is no better way to experience the country than by visiting a forest campsite. Wake up and breathe in the fresh air, take in the scenic views from your accommodation and enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest setting, while still having access to all the amenities and facilities you need to make your trip comfortable.

Take advantage of being in close proximity to forest trails for hikes year-round, and enjoy the additional shade that forest campsites provide in the summer months to stay cool and enjoy a great night's sleep.
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Some of the very best French forest campsites

Image of Camping Valenty
Lot, Occitanie

Camping Valenty

star star
Fabulous 9,3 29 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • In the countryside
  • Forest location
  • Food store
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Pets allowed
€20 Price for 1 night
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Image of Castel Whaka Lodge - Lifestyle Natur...
Gers, Occitanie

Castel Whaka Lodge - Lifestyle Natur...

star star star star
Very good 8,2 107 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Kids club
  • Bar
  • Close to lake
  • In the countryside
  • On the Waterfront
  • Forest location
  • Food store
€90 Price for 1 night
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Image of Camping du Mettey****
Vosges, Grand Est

Camping du Mettey****

star star star star
Super 8,9 204 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • In town centre
  • In the countryside
  • Forest location
  • Food shop
  • Food store
€20 Price for 1 night
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Image of CAMPING DE BELOS
Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

CAMPING DE BELOS

star star star
Super 8,8 29 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • In the countryside
  • Forest location
  • Food shop
  • Food store
  • Minimarket
  • Wifi
€31 Price for 1 night
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Image of Sites et Paysages Domaine de l'Etang...
Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Sites et Paysages Domaine de l'Etang...

star star star star
Super 8,5 214 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Water park
  • Kids club
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Close to lake
  • In the countryside
  • On the Waterfront
€30 Price for 1 night
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Image of Camping l'Art de Vivre
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Camping l'Art de Vivre

star star star
Super 8,9 64 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Close to river
  • In the countryside
  • Forest location
  • Food shop
  • Food store
€25 Price for 1 night
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Image of Camping Des Randonneurs
Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie

Camping Des Randonneurs

star star
Fabulous 9,3 61 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Close to river
  • Close to lake
  • In the countryside
  • Forest location
  • Food shop
€30 Price for 1 night
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Image of Au Valbonheur (Camping le Plan d'Eau...
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Au Valbonheur (Camping le Plan d'Eau...

star star star
Fabulous 9,2 151 reviews
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Close to river
  • Close to lake
  • In the countryside
  • Forest location
  • Food shop
  • Food store
€25 Price for 1 night
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Image of Airotel Camping LES GROS JONCS
Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Airotel Camping LES GROS JONCS

star star star star star
Very good 8,0 379 reviews
  • 2 Pools
  • Covered pool
  • Kids club
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Sea
  • In the countryside
  • Forest location
€69 Price for 1 night
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Highlights of visiting a campsite in the forest 

There are lots of unique things to do and see if you choose forest camping in France.

Immerse yourself in nature

Enjoy the natural beauty of France and fully immerse yourself in nature by camping in the forest. This type of camping is perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers, who can fall asleep beneath the starlit sky and wake up to the rustling sound of wind blowing through the trees.

Hike in nearby national parks

Camping in the forest means that when you are ready to leave the campsite for a day of activities, you are quite often already on the edge of a national park. Visit a campsite on the periphery of the Parc National des Cévennes and enjoy unspoilt countryside and a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Try outdoor sports and activities

Choosing a forest campsite means you can benefit from on-site and nearby outdoor activities and sports. If you are looking to add a sense of adventure to your holiday, a forest campsite is a great pick. Try tree climbing, rent bikes and go mountain biking, or explore nearby hiking tracks.

Explore nearby villages or towns

Choosing a campsite located in close proximity to a town can be the perfect middle ground if you are travelling with a group of people with different interests. Visit a forest campsite in Avignon where you can hike forest trails in the daytime and wander the streets of the old town in the evenings.

Visit a local event or celebration

There are lots of festivities celebrated in France throughout the year. Visit a forest campsite in Brittany and catch a stage of the Tour de France in the summer months, or visit Berck, on the northern coast of France, and watch the amazing Berck sur Mer Kite Festival during the spring.

See an exciting array of animals, plants and trees

The forest setting provides a wide variety of flora and fauna. Look out for wild lavender, oaks, pine and olive trees throughout Provence, or bird enthusiasts can watch the many different bird species, such as eagle owls, herons and even greater flamingos, in the Carmargue region.

Try the famous French cuisine

No trip to France is complete without trying some of its world-famous cuisine. Visit a forest campsite in Normandy and try moules marinières, or when visiting Burgundy, enjoy coq au vin braised in local red wine. Camping near the coast is the perfect opportunity to try some of the country’s best oysters.

Visit cultural sites

France has a large amount of culturally significant sites and many of them are located in close proximity to a forest campsite. When camping in Avignon, make sure you see the Palais des Papes, one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe, or visit the Pont Saint Bénézet, another one of Avignon’s iconic landmarks.

Benefits of forest camping 

Find out about some of the advantages of choosing a campsite in the forest.

Great all year round

The mild climate in France means it is a great destination for forest camping all year round. The summer months can get quite warm in the south of France, so when visiting Bordeaux choose a forest campsite and take advantage of the shady plots to get a great night’s sleep.

Create new memories

Camping in the forest is a unique experience, perfect for creating new memories in a beautiful setting. All the normal activities you might enjoy on a campsite are made extra special when in a forest setting: from taking a swim in an outdoor pool surrounded by trees to playing a board game around the campfire.

Enjoy peace and tranquillity in the forest setting

There is nothing quite like camping for a truly relaxing holiday experience, allowing you to escape the noise and fast pace of city life in the forest. It’s easy to spend quality time with the family away from all your usual distractions and to take the time to disconnect.

Great for a long weekend away

The fact that campsites offer a wide range of activities on site and there is so much to do within the forest means that this kind of holiday works well if you only have time for a shorter break. As soon as you arrive at a forest campsite, your experience begins.

Fresh air

Camping in a forest setting means breathing in fresh air with minimal pollution, and there are many health benefits to enjoy from spending time outside doing sports and activities. Camping in the forest in particular helps reduce stress and ensures a great night’s sleep.

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