For lovers of peaceful surrounding, on the Vosges side of the Canal des Vosges, there is a mixed-use trail called the Véloroute Voie Verte which is a distance of 73 kilometres. It is part of the well-known Charles le Téméraire (Charles the Reckless) European route and has a branch which goes into the heart of Épinal. For those who are crazy about cycling, the Tourist Office in collaboration with Épinal’s cycling clubs have identified 13 circulars routes on the road which are in good condition within a calm and less frequented environment.
For the more adventurous a downhill mountain bike track as well as a Free ride track have been designed as part of the commitment that the Town Hall has to cycling. These provide diverse opportunities for mountain bike riders. The 650-metre trail is situated in the middle of the forest, in collaboration with the Forest Service.
With regards to freeriding, several modules have been adapted and install so that amateurs of this discipline can practice their activity safely. It is located in the Quarante Semaine in Épinal. BMX enthusiasts can exercise their discipline north of Golbey town on the outskirts of Épinal. There, they will find two superb BMX tracks which have been equipped with PROSTAR for the pros.
The skate park
The skate park is situated just outside the town centre. It is built entirely of concrete with a surface of 1,400 m² and made up of different elements such as inclined planes and curves. There is also a street part with rails, steps, ledges, a wheeling table, an inclined curb and a flat part. So, before hopping on your bike don’t forget to check your equipment. Choose a course to suit your physical abilities. If you drive on the road, be careful and attentive to motorists. Always apply the Rules of the Road to ride safely.
Escape to nature
On the many paths and forest trails enjoy the generosity of Mother Nature. Observe the abundance of its plant life and rejoice in its preserved wealth of flowers, fruits and mushrooms. The forest in the Vosges will surprise many. During your rides, at your own pace and taking into account your efforts, look at the undergrowth and observe the local fauna. In the heart of these quiet spaces deer, squirrels and foxes can be seen, provided you remain discreet. Do not underestimate the mischievousness of these inhabitants, who will not hesitate to surprise you with their presence at the bend in a brook or in a field of ferns. If you respect this environment the wild animals will be grateful.
Many of our recommended routes are 5 minutes from the town centre. You are a short cycle to a sports escape into the middle of the country and bucolic scenery. As you ride on certain tracks you cross properties and cycle through areas of historical interest. It is also likely that you will have some impromptu meetings with the rare agricultural or forestry machinery. No need to play hide and seek just make sure you can been seen because there is room for everyone in this wonderful setting.
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