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.
Have fun while learning
Before heading out, download the map of the forest to spot what and where various activities are available. A newly available smartphone application by the National Forest Office will complement your excursion with educational multimedia content. As a bonus, three audio walking tours on the history of the forest are suggested. The biking tour led by a nature guide is another great alternative.
Access and contact
Days and opening hours
All year round.