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The Roquefort waterfalls

The freshness break

We often hear that Nature works wonders… and the petrifying waterfalls of Roquefort les Cascades are the proof! This succession of waterfalls gushing out of a lush setting is a refreshing change of scenery.

A marvel


But what could have shaped these impressive thirty-metre-high waterfalls? And why is the rock that makes them up so light?

There’s plenty to wonder about in the face of this rare and fragile geological curiosity!

The whole thing is actually the result of chemical phenomena that promote limestone deposits on vegetation. The waterfalls are fed by the waters of the Turasse, which are overflowing with this mineral substance. Projections from the waterfalls are deposited on mosses and pieces of wood, forming a white or beige crust.

The degradation of the vegetation gradually gives way to lots of little holes and gives the rock its porous texture reminiscent of a sponge. This is called tuff and is referred to as a tufous waterfall.

Over the wire


The petrifying waterfalls of Roquefort form a natural ensemble that evolves throughout the year.

In spring and autumn, with the period of melting snow and rain, the site offers a magnificent natural spectacle.

In winter, when temperatures are sub-zero, the waterfalls sometimes freeze under the action of the frost, forming absolutely enchanting frosted stalactites of sorts.

In summer, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the nature surrounding the waterfall and can explore the cavities and shelters that are inaccessible when water covers them.

How do I get there?

By car

From the village of Roquefort les Cascades, follow the signs to the cascades.

Parking directly adjacent to the site.

ATTENTION: large campervans will need to plan to park on the outskirts of the village, as the small road leading up to the cascades is narrow.

On foot

From the parking lot, an easy walk of around 1 hour to discover the site.

Picnic tables or guinguette des cascades open during fine weather.

We advise you to be well shod for venturing into the vegetation and on the ground, which can be damp and slippery, and to maintain a certain vigilance.

To visit

  • Roquefort les cascades waterfalls
  • Roquefort castle ruins
  • Hiking around Roquefixade