The Tarn is a river in southern France (Occitania). Along with the Lot river, it is one of the main tributaries of the Garonne. The Tarn has given its name to the French departments of Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne.

It starts in the Massif Central. It rises on Mont Lozère, in the north of the commune of Pont de Montvert – Sud Mont Lozère in Lozère, and flows into the Garonne at Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, in Tarn-et-Garonne.

The river is 380.2 km long.

Its basin covers approximately 12,000 square kilometres (4,600 sq mi), and it has a mean flow of approximately 140 cubic metres per second (4,900 cu ft/s).

The Millau Viaduct spans the valley of the Tarn near Millau, and is now one of the area’s most popular attractions.

The Tarn passes through the following departments and towns:

Lozère: Le Pont-de-Montvert, Sainte-Enimie
Aveyron: Brousse-le-Château, Peyre, Millau
Tarn: Albi, Gaillac, Lisle-sur-Tarn, Rabastens
Haute-Garonne: Villemur-sur-Tarn
Tarn-et-Garonne: Montauban, Moissac.

The Tarn is also appreciated for the remarkable gorges it has carved out between Quézac and Le Rozier.

The gorges and its two tributaries, the Jonte and the Dourbie, offer a wide range of tourist activities:

  • Canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • White-water swimming
  • Sport fishing
  • Swimming
  • Sailing

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