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Octon: A favorite hike in volcano country

The big geological feature hereabouts is the volcano crater that forms Lac du Salagou. But the foothills around Salagou hide some wonderful little towns and vistas, well worth a visit. Octon is one.

On the approach, you'll notice the striking terrain: softly eroded, rich red hillocks formed of a soft volcanic grit distinctive to the area. You'll see these again on your hike. The hike gently ascends a wagon road through chestnut woods, past a ruined 14th-century castle, to a plateau where you might hear bells from nearby sheep flocks. You descend along tilled fields, past a Romanesque church, and return in a loop to Octon. Except for one brief section, the ascents and descents are mild.

We found beauty on every stretch. The hike is listed at 3 hours and took us a little less.

Time to destination: 30 minutes or so.

This is hike #12, Notre-Dame-de-Roubignac, in the trail guide, L'Hérault...à pied.

Directions: From Valros, take the N9 toward Pézenas. Get on the A75 toward Clermont-l’Hérault. Take exit 55 and follow the signs to Octon, over the D148. Just behind the town's Cave Cooperative is a marked parking lot, where the hike begins. On foot, you'll headed uphill past the small tourism office. Follow the yellow-painted blazes.
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