Tarn (river)

Position of the Tarn in France

The Tarn in Albi

The Tarn is a river in southern France, which runs into the regions of Languedoc -Roussillon and Midi -Pyrenees. It rises on the plateau of Mont Lozère in the Cévennes, in the municipality of Le Pont -de- Monvert. Dewatered The Tarn in many direction changes generally southwest to west, from the beginning. By the Cévennes National Park, and later by the Regional Natural Park of Grands Causses and ends after 380 kilometers below Moissac, in the dam area of the weir structure Malause, as a right tributary of the Garonne On his way to the Tarn crosses the Lozère, Aveyron, Haute -Garonne, Tarn and Tarn -et -Garonne. For the latter two, the river also serves as a namesake.

Places on the river

  • Le Pont -de- Monvert
  • Florac
  • Ispagnac
  • Rivière -sur -Tarn
  • Millau
  • Saint- Rome-de -Tarn
  • Saint- Juéry
  • Albi
  • Marssac -sur -Tarn
  • Gaillac
  • Lisle- sur -Tarn
  • Rabastens
  • Saint- Sulpice
  • Villemur -sur -Tarn
  • Labastide -Saint -Pierre
  • Montauban
  • Lafrançaise
  • Moissac


Left tributaries:

  • Tarnon
  • Jonte
  • Dourbie
  • Cernon
  • Dourdou
  • Rance
  • Agout

Rights tributaries:

  • Muze
  • Alrance
  • Tescou
  • Aveyron
  • Lemboulas


Since the Tarn for ships is closed, some engineering structures were built in order to still accomplish the supply of the heavily populated mouth section across the water can:

  • In Montauban the Canal de Montech branches, which is supplied with the water of the Tarn.
  • In Moissac Tarn from the Lateral Canal à la Garonne is crossed by a trough bridge.


  • The Tarn is famous for its gorges ( Gorges du Tarn), who dug north of Millau in the rock and are a tourist attraction today.
  • An architectural tourist attraction is the Millau Viaduct, the highest and longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, which leads to Millau over the Tarn.
  • In addition to hiking and canoeing are popular with tourists, which are organized by numerous canoe lenders.