Haute-Loire , (Upper Loire), a S. E. department of France, in Languedoc, bordering on the departments of Puy-de-D6me, Loire, Ar-deche, Lozere, and Cantal; area, 1,916 sq. m.; pop. in 1872, 308,732. The surface is volcanic, and in general mountainous, being almost everywhere traversed by offshoots of the Cantal or Cevennes chains, the summits of which are covered with snow during a considerable portion of the year, and their declivities with dense forests, extensive pastures, or chestnut woods and vineyards. The loftiest of its peaks is Mont Mezin, 5,790 ft. high. The principal rivers are the Loire, Allier, and Lignon. The climate varies with the aspect and elevation of every district. The soil of the valleys and plains is fertile. The chief productions are wheat, rye, oats, barley, peas, beans, potatoes, fruit, timber, and wine of poor quality. The minerals are iron, copper, coal, lead, antimony, chalcedony, sapphires, amethysts, marble, gypsum, etc. The only important manufactures are silk, thread lace, and ribbons.
It is divided into the arrondissements of Le Puy, Bri-oude, and Yssingeaux. Capital, Le Puy.