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Hiking

Immerse yourself in the very heart of the Vosges and experience forest bathing during a walk surrounded by nature.

The magic of a sun’s ray shining in the undergrowth, raindrops bouncing from one branch to another, the delightful crunching sounds of snow under your feet or bees humming can be experienced while walking on a bucolic path - breathe, you are in the heart of the Vosges, in the forests of Épinal and its countryside.

Are you looking for beautiful hiking trails to enjoy with your family or your friends?

Come for a walk in Épinal in the Vosges and discover a variety of outstanding walks and hikes through a preserved natural environment. Everywhere around Épinal there are forests which are thickly covered with a wide variety of trees continuing to the boarders of other towns. Some of the paths departing from the town centre and those going through woods are worth of fairy tales. The hardest part is to make a choice.

Town adventurers will stride across Épinal, the capital of the Vosges and the site of the Cité des Images, wreathed with bosky paths made of deciduous and resinous tress. Épinal is ranked as the most wooded town in France. The Moselle River and the Canal des Vosges flow through green spaces and flower beds dotted throughout the town. You can go cycling or horse-riding however, hiking remains the top activity inviting you to discover the banks of the Moselle River, the medieval ramparts or the colourful façades of the houses.

Nature lovers, who exercise the greatest discretion, will have the opportunity to observe wild animals right in the middle of the woods. Deer, does and foxes are watching you while hiding in the middle of fir trees, scots pines, oaks and beech trees where they can enjoy wild flowers and fruits. You can feel the undergrowth, covered with a deep green moss, so soft to touch that it will remind you of your childhood.

The Lakes and ponds look dearly inviting for a relaxing experience over a picnic to taste local produce before heading back on the road. How about resting for one night while going bivouacking in the middle of the forest? Here in Épinal, we have ideas suitable for young and old that will allow everyone to recharge their batteries in complete harmony with nature. Smell the sap of fir trees while strolling quietly along a wooded path, crossed by the rays of the sun playing hide and seek with the undergrowth through the branches. This pleasant and wild nature meets with serenity, calm and revitalization. Épinal in the Vosges, offers up the secrets of its walks on gently rolling hills covering hundreds of kilometres of perfectly marked and regularly maintained trails.

For adventurous families, weekend warriors, meditation enthusiasts or supporters of nature therapy we have loads of ideas here so your walk will be a memory to share. Put on your sneakers or hiking shoes, take some water and a good snack and go on an adventure in unsung landscapes where birds accompany you and the whole green palette turns your photos into images from fairy-tales.