Bivouac

Sleeping under the stars to discover nature differently

Do you dream of spending a night safely under the stars ? Then bivouacking is for you !

Serving as a stop-over during a long hike in the heart of the Vosges or just to clear your mind and sleep in nature, bivouacking consists of installing a temporary camp, a small tent for example, for one night, in a field or forest to rest.

Enjoy the beauty of the forests in the Vosges once all activity is suspended and the night world takes the stage – the ideal conditions. Hiking offers the unique opportunity to observe nature around you. In a bivouac, surrounded by trees, you can learn to identify the hoot of the owls rocked by the gentle wind in the foliage nearby.

The rules of bivouacking

No matter where you are there are some rules that should be respected when you bivouac. It is forbidden to camp in nature reserves and protected sites. After deciding where you would like to stop, we recommend that you find out more about the site and contact the landowner. You should ask for permission to camp, have their agreement and respect their rules. Our team is available to discuss you plans with you and help you select your campsite. Campfires are not allowed in nature except on rare occasions due to the risk of fire. Thank you for leaving the site in the same state as you have found it and remember to take all your rubbish with you!

There are shelters as well as unusual accommodation options in the woods or the countryside. For more information contact our Tourist Offices.

Does the experience of bivouacking tempt you ?

The Tourist Office in Épinal offers bivouac hiking accompanied by a guide so that you can learn how to adapt and "live" in the forest.

Albane Lessard is a mountain guide and former high-level sportsperson. She will introduce you to different methods for hiking freely. The program includes:

  • starting your own fire (initiation and the making of a roaring one)
  • protection against the cold
  • make your own hut or bivouac
  • discover what to eat!