Best waterfall trails in France

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Explore the most popular waterfall trails in France with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB)
Réserve naturelle nationale des Contamines-Montjoie
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Length: 102.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Tour du Mont Blanc or TMB is one of more well known routes in Europe and has segments in France, Italy, and Switzerland. This 11 day walk around Mont Blanc takes a clockwise route. There are plenty of accommodations along the route if you need to shorten or would like to extend any of the days of hiking. Usual start points are Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley or Les Contamines in the Montjoie Valley (in France), Courmayeur from the Italian side, and either Champex or a point near Martigny in Switzerland. The highest points on any variant of the trail are the Col des Fours in France and the Fenêtre d'Arpette in Switzerland, both at an altitude of 2,665 m (8,743 ft). While you probably won't get altitude sickness at those elevations, this route will prove challenging due to the numerous climbs. Weather can change quickly, and hikers should be experienced, prepared, and fit. For a list of segments, see: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/tour-du-mont-blanc--7Show more
#2 - Grande Cascade de Gavarnie
Parc national des Pyrénées
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
The Cirque de Gavarine is a breathtaking place formed by glacial erosion. The two huge expanses of land and the towering mountains will make you feel small while you admire the nature around you. There are incredible waterfalls to see, including the second highest in Europe: the Gavarnie falls.Show more
#3 - GR10: Cauterets to Lac de l'Oule
Parc national des Pyrénées
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Length: 56.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The hiking trail 10 (also called GR10) is one of the many trails of the GR (Grande randonnée Française) which crosses the chain of the Pyrenees, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. During this part of the trail, your maximum altitude will be 2271m. On the way, you will have the opportunity to stop in cottages or hotels. Attention, plan to book in advance because in summer, it's quite busy. You can also stock up on water and food on the trail.Show more
#4 - Lac de Gaube via Pont d'Espagne
Parc national des Pyrénées
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Très belle randonnée au coeur des Pyrénées. Ce sentier vous mènera au Lac de Gaube. Ce lac vous fera rêver avec ses eaux bleues et ses reflets du soleil. Ce sentier est praticable la plupart de l'année, mais attention il y a beaucoup de monde en été. Vous pouvez faire cette randonnée en hiver, même sous la neige, pour de superbes vues sur le lac. Veuillez cependant noter que le sentier peut être fermé quand la glace recouvre la première partie. Si la neige est épaisse la montée peut être difficile, donc à ne pas sous-estimer. Si le télésiège est en marche vous pouvez le prendre pour monter. À noter aussi que en hiver, il vous faudra sûrement des équipements spéciaux pour accéder au parking du pont d'Espagne puisque des fois la route d'accès est coupée. Vous pouvez vous renseigner sur les conditions d'accès dans le village de Cauterets.Show more
#5 - Chemin des Cascades - Pont d'Espagne
Parc national des Pyrénées
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
This beautiful route features six waterfalls including the Escane-Gat Waterfall and the Pouey Bacou Waterfall, and the Ceriset Waterfall.Show more
#6 - Haute Route: Chamonix - Zermatt
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France
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Length: 114.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Haute Route is a course of almost two weeks since the version offered here has twelve stages. This semi-alpine route starts from the Mont-Blanc massif to reach the Matterhorn, an emblematic mountain of Swiss mountaineering. Without going directly through the glaciers, the Haute Route takes place mainly between 2000 meters and 3000 meters. Due to its altitude and its length it will be necessary to think about its physical and material preparation. Take warm clothes! The route goes from one hut to another, so you will have to book the nights you will spend in hotels and mountain huts. It is therefore not necessary to take too much food as each establishment offers hot meals and drinks. The Haute Route is a magnificent pretext to discover the French and Swiss Alps. You will pass by peaks over 4000 meters such as Mont Blanc, Aiguille d'Argentière, Grand Combin, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn, Weisshorn and finally the Matterhorn. This magnificent adventure will also be rich in a visit to rustic Alpine villages whose wooden and stone architecture will not fail to amaze you. Recommended for experienced hikers only.Show more
#7 - Cascades du Hérisson
La Chaux-du-Dombief, Jura, France
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
This trail, moderately difficult, is a hike that follows a stream and cascades falls. This hike offers you to enjoy a superb view of the Val and Chambly Lakes and the Hérisson Valley.Show more
#8 - Mt-Blanc - Matterhorn VTT
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France
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Length: 251.1 mi
Swiss Tour 2010  8 Stages in 9 Days: 1st Stage (Day 1) Chamonix - Glacier d'Argentiere  2nd Stage (Day 2) Le Tour - Champex  3rd Stage (Day 3) Champex - Verbier - Sion  4th Stage (Day 4) Sion - Evolene  5th Stage (Day 6) Evolene - Sierre  6th Stage (Day 7) Sierre - Visp - Zermatt  7th Stage (Day 8) Zermatt - Findelgletscher  8th Stage (Day 9) Zermatt - Gornergrat - Hohtalli  Length: 425.4 km Vertical up: 17 882.3 m Vertical down: 17 670.2 mShow more
#9 - Cascade d'Angon Loop
Duingt, Haute-Savoie, France
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Une jolie randonnée aux paysages variés avec des sous-bois, des prairies et des petits villages. De plus, vous finirez ce sentier avec la cascade d'Angon et ses superbes points de vue sur le lac, la Tournette et les Dents de Lanfon.Show more
#10 - Les Crêtes du Sancy
Réserve naturelle nationale de Chastreix-Sancy
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Length: 10.0 mi • Est. 6 h 3 m
Hike in the volcanic ridges of Sancy which will offer you extraordinary points of view. If you are lucky, you may see marmots, mouflons, or chamois.Show more
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