Are you looking for a countryside destination for a family holiday? The green holiday resort of Usson-en-Forez is ideal for you! Located south of the Monts du Forez, at 900 m altitude, between Ambert (Puy de Dôme), Puy en Velay (Haute-Loire) and Saint-Etienne (Loire), for some years it has enjoyed the status: “Family Plus – Nature”. Here, you will find all the ingredients you need for an enjoyable holiday in the countryside: relaxation, nature, leisure and more.


The story of the Haut-Forez is told at the Ecomuseum (Ecomusée des Monts du Forez), where you are invited to take part in workshops or inter-generational treasure hunts for special moments with family and friends…

The Moulin de Vignal, which is put into operation during each guided tour, is a living testimony that will captivate the whole of your tribe. Recently, the team has begun a “Free the mill wheel” challenge – an escape game suitable for anyone over 8 years old. And for nature lovers, the Sentier du Moulin path will help you appreciate the flora and fauna of the Vallée de l’Andrable.

Why not take a trip back in time and climb aboard the Chemin de Fer du Haut-Forez on the 42km railway built between 1875 and 1902?


Holidays are made for fun! So, Usson-en-Forez is also a great place for leisure activities. Start with an adrenalin rush when testing the treetop course in the Usson Adventure park.

Then, take a break on the water, to enjoy a swim, supervised in July and August, as well as a picnic.

And if you still want more, rent an electric mountain bike or other leisure equipment from the Chalets du Haut-Forez.


At Usson-en-Forez, those who love countryside activities are spoilt for choice, with horse-riding, fishing in the rivers and lakes or fly fishing in the reservoirs, hiking, mountain biking, trail running and orienteering.

Again, the focus is on sharing and families, thanks to suitable accessible activities! From the pushchair circuit to the sporty trail, there’s something for everyone.

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