To the west of the Château de Fontainebleau, this forest, which became a royal estate in the 11th century, was intended for hunting, forestry and grazing. From the 18th century the forest was progressively restored, before gaining state protection as a heritage site. Famously, the landscape painters of the Barbizon School found abundant artistic inspiration here.
25,000 hectares of recreational areas
This exceptional nature reserve offers a gigantic space dedicated to sports and recreational activities. You may take advantage of the numerous circuits dedicated to climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding, plus over 300 kilometres of marked trails. The Gorges de Franchard ravine will delight both expert and novice hikers.
Whilst on your forest adventure, notice the rich and surprising diversity of the landscapes, topographies and flora and fauna. These woods shelter over 1,200 species of animals and plants, including oaks, European beeches, chestnut trees and birches.
Pleasure and leisure
Hiking along marked trails, with a horse or by bike, free or supervised climbing or even dog sledding, discover a whole range of ideas for outings and outdoor activities. Whether you want to relax or experience a new thrill, it's up to you! Ask the Pays de Fontainebleau Tourist Office for more information.