Les Rives de L'Ardèche

Europe France Rhône-Alpes Ardèche

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
Secluded riverside camping in the tree-dotted valley of the upper Ardèche

Dramatic limestone gorges steal most of the tourist glory along the Ardèche River. The famous Pont d’Arc – a rock arch spanning some 60 metres over the river – is splashed across the visitor’s pamphlets and kayaking day-trippers pour down the river each the summer. Head upriver, however, into the quieter beginnings of the waterway and the scene is altogether different. Rocks and sandbars break up the space, making it unnavigable for canoes, and numerous waterfalls spill their way down the valley to form natural pools that are perfect for swimming. It is here, around five kilometres from the river’s source in the Massif Central, that Camping Les Rives de L'Ardèche is found.

Set along a gently curving riverbank, with its own little beach and paddling spot, Les Rives de L'Ardèche accommodates around 60 camping pitches along with a small clutch of static mobile homes. Three different tiers each provide a perfectly flat space for tents, while mature trees cast ample dappled shade (welcome during the midday heat of summer). While the best pitches are undoubtedly those right beside the river, being near the reception block has its rewards; there’s free Wi-Fi, an ice-pack freezer, a small shop and tourist information – plus you don’t have to walk far to collect your freshly baked croissants in the morning.

Beyond the on-site entertainment – pétanque, ping-pong, a playground and hours spent pool-hopping in the river – there’s plenty to do nearby. Walk into the local village of Mayres for a bite to eat or hike further into the hills behind the campsite. The surrounding area is all part of the Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche, an area particularly famed for its limestone caves and waterfalls. For the very best of the lot, though, leave the limestone behind and drive the 40 minutes north to Cascade du Ray Pic, where the River Bourges splashes its way over two ginormous waterfalls that have formed on a dark volcanic rock that was once the longest lava flow in all of France.



Toilets, showers, dish-washing area, laundry area, disabled access shower-room, pay-phone, post-box, TV room, football table, pinball machines, video games, ping pong tables, pétanque pitches, playground and tourist information. Wi-Fi with an extra all over the campsite. A bar with good draft beer, fresh drinks and local wines. A small shop sells cold drinks, ice creams, french fries, roasted chicken, pizzas, sweets and the like, plus you can order fresh bread for delivery each morning (order the evening before). Private river beach. Fishing possible.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes.


The local village of Mayres is a delightful, if fairly sleepy, place. It's easily reached on foot from the campsite. Take a stroll up the road away from the river and 450m from the campsite entrance there is a footpath on your right which leads first through a field and then through the trees to the village. If you're really adventurous you could just rock hop your way down the river instead directly from the campsite. The town has a bakery, restaurants, post-office, a nice old church and town hall and there is also a horse-riding/trekking centre too, just outside of the village (ask at the campsite reception). If you feel you've exhausted the local walking routes and river fun, hop in the car and drive to the Ray Pic Waterfall (45 minutes), visit the ruined Château de Montlaur and le Château de Ventadour (0033 4 7538 0092) or head to renowned Pont d'Arc and the famous gorges to paddle down the best of the Ardèche River on one of the well-organised kayaking trips.

Food & Drink

The campsite sells ice-creams and snacks and there is fresh bread delivered from the local bakery each morning (order the afternoon before). For everything else, walk or drive into Mayres (see above) where there are a couple of small restaurants and a bar.


April – October.

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The Owner Says

Would you like to go camping in the beautiful Ardèche region of the South Of France? Les Rives de l'Ardèche is a campsite which represents great value for money and is situated on three shaded and tiered hectares (7.413 acres) of land.

You may choose to rent one of campsites' mobile homes or bare tents (tents can be rented per day or per week: to know more, contact us) or use your own caravan or tent.

Les Rives de l'Ardèche campsite is located in the heart of the beautiful Ardèche Valley just 10 kilometres from the mouth of the river and is situated in a 'no flooding' area.

The campsite offers a peaceful environment for a quiet and tranquil sojourn in this beautiful area of the South of France. The French campsite is located circa 30 kilometers from Aubenas with the village of Mayres just a few minutes away.

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3 tiers of grass tent pitches (all with shade and optional electricity) spread across a 7½-acre site.
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Contact Les Rives de L'Ardèche, 225 chemin de Cautet, 07330 Mayres, Ardèche, France

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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews


Excellent campsite

Good sized pitches by the riverside. Well spaced. Good small shop with essentials, small bar and snacks/pizzas. Clean toilets with good hot showers, well lit. External power supplies dotted around the site, perfect for charging phones etc. Gas bbqs available on request and fridges. Boules area and small childrens playgound/picnic area. Very nice and helpful staff and prime location for exploring L’Ardeche, Kayaking etc. We want to come back, it had everything we needed! 👌🏻
Sep 3, 2021 by Tim

A beautiful campsite

This campsite was a real treat, such a beautiful setting surrounding by trees and hills, very peaceful and scenic. The river alongside the campsite is lovely, the kids would clamber over rocks, find tadpoles, and we found some swimming spots - the cold water is very refreshing once you take the plunge. The surrounding area is very beautiful with walking trails and interesting towns to visit. The hosts are very helpful and friendly and there is a very warm and welcoming atmosphere in the camp. The facilities are very clean and spacious, you can use a fridge, there is paid for wifi but also excellent 4G connection. We hope to visit here again.

We loved it!

The campsite was peaceful, despite being full when we arrived. The layout with several terraces means tents are well spaced and pitch sizes are very large. The shower/toilet facilities were well kept and cleaned regularly with plenty of hot water. We prefer bread/croissants daily which we could pick up from reception each morning. Overall we really enjoyed our stay of 8 days.

Response from Les Rives de L'Ardèche

Thank you very much for this review. Thank you for your visit and kindness. We hope to see you here again.

We wished we could have stayed longer

Great campsite in fabulous location. Child and dog friendly, clean and well managed. The owners were helpful and the little shop had most basics. Bread and croissants delivered each morning if you pre order the day before. The river was great by day for exploring, rock hopping and swimming and we were lulled to sleep by it at night. Only downside was no free wifi, despite what website says, but we had enough reception to contact the outside world I’d we needed to.

Wonderful camp site

Wonderful camp site with terrific owners who could not have been more helpful. Good on site facilities, great pitch overlooking waterfall and good reasonably priced beer at bar. Vans come to site on a Thursday selling meat and fish. Short walk down side of river to local town where we would recommend a meal at L'Auberg du Pont restaurant (13.5 euros for a 3 course set meal) simple food cooked very well with friendly, helpful owners. Thanks for a lovely stay.
Aug 14, 2020 by Alan Capes Verified Review

I wish we could have stayed longer

Lovely relaxed, friendly campsite in beautiful surroundings. The owners were welcoming and helpful and the facilities well maintained. My 4 year old grandson was in heaven, it was like a giant playground. We all swam in the (freezing river) and fell asleep to the sound of it. The little shop had basics essentials including wine and toilet paper and you can buy a simple meal from the kiosk beside reception. The only downside was the wifi, it’s not free as stated on the website, my daughter paid €7 euros for 3 days and it was rubbish, probably on account of being in the mountains. It didn’t really matter to us as were weren’t there to spend all day on our phone and had enough reception to contact the outside world.

Response from Les Rives de L'Ardèche

Thanksfor your review. We hope to see you again to enjoy our marvellous surroundings and pure water of the river.The Wi-Fi is available all around the campsite and is sometimes "rubbish" (when the campsite is crowded).


Beautiful, peaceful campsite. As said by previous reviewer, walking, swimming, cycling all good. Very helpful friendly staff, shady spacious pitches.
Jul 28, 2020 by David

Great campsite for active couple with 18m old

People were very helpful. Lots of 2hr hiking/mountain biking trails to do with our 18month old in the mornings before his nap and could have a lovely paddle in the ardeche every afternoons. Really handy that the local bakery could deliver our pan au chocolates in the morning but would recomend a walk to the bakery in mayres as it is a pretty little trail. Campsite had everything we needed with a good baby bath. Butcher and fish vans on site on Thursdays which meant we didn't have to pop out to the supermarket.

Everything you would want from a camping trip in the Ardeche!

This campsite is set in a beautiful location, right next to the River Ardeche, where the children and adults can enjoy boulder hopping, wild swimming and explore the stunning scenery in the local area. The site is fully stocked with all the essential camping supplies (including the local wine!) and the hosts are very welcoming and friendly. I would recommend this campsite to anyone looking to stay in the area.

Nicely layouted camp site, perfect for tents

We enjoyed staying at this campsite. Our spatious pitch 89 has been right above the river and we had just a few neighbours in this part. The owners were very friendly - showers and toilets have been very clean, relative to the number of total guests.

Brilliant unspoilt campsite

Just spent 5 days there 2 adults and 3 teenage (11,13,14) boys. We were able to swim in the river , the boys loved exploring upstream and downstream and the whole place was very tranquil and calming. The owners were lovely and really helpful - an absolute gem and so much better than sites further downstream - met a Dutch couple who had been coming back for years - I don’t blame them - remember to take mosquito bands and if you have kids snorkels
Jul 29, 2019 by Jane Emanuel

Wonderful spot

We stayed just two nights in our campervan so really only scratched surface of what this beautiful, natural site has to offer. We didn’t venture beyond the river (well it is more like a stream at this end of the valley) and spent a very happy day messing about in the rock pools. Would have liked to do some walks but it was just too hot! The owners were very helpful and kind. They organised a little ping pong tournament for the camp kids one night. The facilities were simple and well kept. The reception has a little shop selling the basics, preordered bread, snacks at lunch and dinner. There is also a butchers van which visits the site.
Jul 27, 2019 by Jenny

Beautiful campsite in the heart of the Ardeche

This was our second year staying at the campsite and it was even better than the first. The owners are very welcoming, with great English and happy to help attitude. We stayed at the start of a heatwave, but the pitches near the river remaining comfortable and cool throughout the morning and early evening. Although you can swim in the river that runs through the campsite there are some stunning swimming beaches nearby. In particular the one at the Pont Du Diable is exceptional. Finally the campsite facilities are very good and clean.

Beautiful location, quiet and well looked after

Set just above the ardeche - you can walk down to it from the site and it is a collection of pools and waterfalls - provides excellent white noise for sleeping at night! They are also fun to climb around, rest on, but swimming is a little hard as its quite shallow. Such a novelty to have a private section of the ardeche and it was nice to sit by or in. The sanitary block seemed new (or at least very well kept!), showers and toilets excellent and water tap not too far from the pitch. The owner was very friendly and spoke pretty good english and would take orders for morning bread and croissants. Just to let you know, unlike the listing - they will not freeze your ice blocks for you - it was hot which provided us with a bit of dilemma. Also it didn;t say about barbeques - you can only use gas - no open flames anywhere. Otherwise it was beautiful, quiet, large leafy pitches, lots of green (esp for ardeche area) well looked after and a delight to be in. My husband wants us to return next year - and so do I.
Jul 16, 2018 by Cat

Stayed for longer than planned

I originally arrived at Rives de l'Ardèche as a layover for one night in my campervan but liked the place so much we decided to stick around for a couple more nights. The setting is lovely, the trees provide plenty of nice shade and there was a decent amount to do nearby – just rural activities like walking, swimming in the river and enjoying what a lovely quiet area it is. Afterwards we carried on south towards the coast where it was a lot busier. So, even though we had already stayed longer than planned, in hind sight I might even have stayed longer still. A lovely part of France and great for campervans. Thanks for having us, we hope to be back.
Mar 20, 2018 by Jeremy Lions

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