Cascade du Déroc

Cascade du DerocCascade du Déroc is an incredible beautiful waterfall south of Nasbinal, near Montgrousset. The waterfall is situated in the department of Lozère, in the heart of the Massif Central, one of the largest mountain ranges in France. It is part of the Truyère River system, which flows through the region and is known for its breathtaking natural beauty. Cascade du Déroc It is known for its crystal-clear waters cascading down a series of natural rock formations, surrounded by lush green forests and stunning mountain landscapes.

From Nasbinals go south to Montgrousset over road D52. In Montgrousset go right proceeding on the D52 until there is a free parking after 600 meters at a tourist shop/bar. From the parking there is a small path (behind the bar) that runs to the top of Cascade du Déroc (600 meter), there is a sign. When I was there, the end of April 2023, I missed the exit to the top of the waterfall. There are no signs and for me it wasn’t clear where to go, although I heard the waterfall. At the farmhouse (when you hear the water falling) you have to go right, into the meadow, and you have to go (two times) under a fence/barbed wire. From the parking it is only a 5-10 minute walk.

Best spot to see Cascade du Déroc is from aside (at the top) after a rainy period. I made some incredible pictures. It is also possible to walk further to the base of Cascade du Déroc but when I was there there was too much water in the river to cross it. Afterwards I regret that I didn’t take of my shoes because it is truly an astonishing waterfall.  The view from the base, just in front of this impressive waterfall, is also gorgeous.

Although Cascade du Déroc only drops down  over 30 meters (in a single drop) it is a quit impressive waterfall after a rainy period.

Cascade du Déroc is fed by rainwater from Lac de Salhiens that rushes down from a basalt cliff. The waterfall lies at a small cave whose ceiling is made of basalt prisms. The name Déroc comes from the Occitan word “darròc,” which means “rocky.” This is a reference to the natural rock formations that make up the waterfall.

The creation of Cascade du Déroc can be traced back millions of years to the formation of the Massif Central. The mountain range was formed during the Variscan orogeny, a period of intense tectonic activity that occurred around 300 million years ago.

During this time, the land was pushed up, creating the complex geological structures that we see today. The Massif Central is made up of a series of mountains, valleys, and deep river gorges, all of which were formed through the movement of the earth’s crust.

Over time, the rivers and streams that flowed through the Massif Central began to carve their way through the rock formations, creating deep gorges and canyons. The Truyère River, which flows through the region, was no exception. As it flowed through the valley, it gradually carved out a deep gorge, creating a series of waterfalls and cascades, including Cascade du Déroc.

Today, Cascade du Déroc is a popular destination for tourists and nature enthusiasts. Visitors can take a leisurely hike through the surrounding forest, following the river as it winds its way through the valley. They can also explore the nearby town of Nasbinals, which has a rich history and is known for its beautiful architecture and charming streets.

When I was driving in the Aubrac region, on my way to Cascade du Déroc, I spotted so many hiking people, that I was wondering if it is something special. The landscape is so beautiful, something I haven’t see before in France, that it is quite logical to hike. But I still haven’t found out if it is something special…


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About Cascade du Déroc

RegionLanguedoc Roussillon/Lozere
RiverRuisseau des Salhiens
Best visitAfter heavy rainfall

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