The Massif Central is an elevated region in south-central France, consisting of mountains and plateaus.
Subject to volcanism that has subsided in the last 10,000 years, these central mountains are separated from the Alps by a deep north-south cleft created by the Rhône River and known in French as the sillon rhodanien (literally "the furrow of the Rhône").
The following départements are generally considered as part of the Massif Central: Allier, Ardèche, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Loire, Haute-Vienne, Loire, Lot, Lozère, and Puy-de-Dôme.
The following régions are part of the Massif Central: Auvergne, Limousin. Part of the following régions are in the Massif Central: Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, and Rhône-Alpes.
- Puy de Sancy (1886 m)
- Plomb du Cantal (1855 m)
- Puy Mary (1787 m)
- Mont Lozère (1702 m), the highest non-volcanic summit
- Mont Aigoual (1567 m), near Le Vigan
- Puy de Dôme (1464 m)
- Plateau de Millevaches