Paris has an unending array of bars, restaurants, shops, and historic museums. There are charms that you might never finish exploring because such is the vastness of the sights in the French Capital. However, if on one of the days you want to get outdoors and move around a bit, there are several places that will allow you to do just that. There are a number of hiking trails around the city that you can hit to explore on your Paris tour. Below is a discussion of some of the top hiking trails that are situated near Paris city.
Parc Naturel Régional Oise – Pays De France
Parc Naturel régional Oise – Pays de France is a large protected region located 30 kilometers north of the Paris city. It covers 60,000 hectares out of which a third is woodland. The region also has around 60 small villages and towns which are inhabited by close to 110,000 people. The area is dominated by patches of wildflower meadows, marshes, vast expanses of heather, and ancient forests. Besides, these provide habitat to some of the important animals of Europe such as the great crested newt, hen harrier, and stag beetle apart from many endangered orchid species. Furthermore, the place also has a few tourist delights such as Château de Chantilly. These regions are ideal for hiking and are easily accessible through public transport if you take the RER D.
Parc Naturel Régional De La Haute Vallée De Chevreuse
This place is located 20 kilometers southwest of the French Capital. It is one of the best preserved rural regions of Île-de-France. The area has a number of wild valleys and inhabited plateaus. You have to visit the place to experience the unique cultural heritage, the churches, castles, feudal fortifications, and mansions which lie inside the park’s boundaries. Do not forget to visit the Château de la Madeleine which is a hillside fortress which was constructed in the 11th century. The park is accessible through the N and U trains as well as the RER B.
Forêt De Fontainebleau
This is a 25,000-hectare region that is dedicated to nature lovers. The place boasts of 300 kilometers of trails with signposts all through the forest. Besides, you can also explore the numerous well-defined hiking trails too. Fontainebleau is also a hotspot among those who love boulder climbing. The park offers regions dedicated to people of different skill levels. People like famous climbers to small kids visit the place to get their share of climbing. Additionally, there is also a 1,100-kilometer mountain bike trail and a riding place for those who love horse riding. Get an R train and you can easily get to this place.
Malmaison Forest At Rueil-Malmaison
This place is also known by the name Bois de Saint-Cucufa. It is a pond and an adjoining forest located along the outskirts of Rueil-Malmaison. It is one of the popular spots for activities like dog-walking, jogging, and biking. There are spaces devoted to picnics such as furnished regions with tables and other utilities. There are even a few paintings by painter Pierre Dumont dedicated to the beauty of this area.
Domaine National De Saint-Cloud
This is one of the closest parks to the city of Paris. It can be reached through the T2 and M9. Reserved and taken care of since 1923, these 460 hectares of the natural park is said to be one of the best in entire Europe. There are structured and non-structured sections within the park. The well-maintained sections have attractions like planted borders, statues, and fountains. If you are looking to spend some quiet time away from the city bustle, this is an ideal place to head to. Furthermore, there are farms in the park where educational workshops are organized for children. There is also a viewpoint at the top of the hill which offers great views of the capital city and its important structures.
The Forest Of Saint-Germain-En-Laye
The Forêt domaniale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a 3,500-hectare forest area located to the west of the French Capital. It used to be the hunting ground of the royalty. There is a beautiful beech and oak forest, a hunting lodge known as the Pavillon de la Muette, and a historic monument called Croix de Noailles. Overall, it is a great place to spend exploring and is easily accessible through RER A.
Domaine National De Marly-Le-Roi
The Domaine National de Marly-le-Roi used to be a retreat used by Louis XIV since other locations like Fontainebleau, and Versailles were insufficient for the king. The place was later robbed by revolutionaries and destroyed under the rule of the First Empire. As a result, only a few structures remain of the initially glorious place. The sculptures from the place can be viewed at the Cour Marly of the Musée du Louvre. Hop on the L train and explore the place by yourself.
Paris might be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. However, there is also a natural side to Paris within a few kilometers of the city which will mesmerize you if you decide to explore them.