Gorges de Padern are located in in the Aude department in southern France. The gorges are traversed by the D123 road. It’s one of the French balcony roads.
The road is asphalted with some narrow parts. The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. Be careful in the curves. The gorges were carved by the Le Torgan river. The water flows in a succession of cascades, potholes and small lakes which have been naturally crafted in the rocks.
This curvy road between the rocks links the villages of Maisons and Padern. It’s 9.5 km long. This road is one of the most famous balcony roads in the country. A balcony road is a hair-raising lane cut into the sides of sheer cliffs. It runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle.