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Le sentier nature du Vuache

8.5 Km

As you pass through the forest on the hillside and across the fields of crops on the plateau, you can find out all about the natural environment thanks to fifteen thematic information boards designed by schoolchildren in the Vuache area.

On the Vuache Nature Trail, which goes through the villages of Jonzier-Epagny, Chênex, Dingy-en-Vuache and Savigny, you become a Nature Detective, on the lookout for words hidden on the panels along the path (designed by children).
There are two Environmental Detective leaflets, each in the form of a questions / answers game. All the solutions can be found on the 15 information boards along the path, designed for budding naturalists between the ages of 8 and 10 and over 10's accompanied by their parents. The leaflets also contain crosswords, jumbled words, animals to colour in or draw and information about the flora, fauna, environment etc. The path is signposted along its entire length and has picnic tables, drinking water and a botanical trail displaying some thirty varieties of plant. Part of the trail is accessible to people with reduced mobility (Cf. the Morennes path).
There are two versions of the trail taking 3 hrs (7.5 km) or 4 hrs (9.5 km) to complete.
A leaflet is available on request from the Syndicat intercommunal d’Aménagement du Vuache (SIAV). The leaflets (free in 2010) can also be downloaded from the SIAV website.
Reference: 1:25,000 map of footpaths in the Vuache area, IGN map of "Bellegarde sur Valserine" (tourist office) and FFRP trail guide entitled "Pays du Salève et du Vuache.... à pied".


Point de départ: Parking d’Epagny  74520  Jonzier-Épagny 
Lat. 46.073962 / Long. 5.975649

Information panel at the beginning of the path. Signposted access to car parking.

170 min
Poteaux directionnels. Itinéraire balisé en totalité selon la charte départementale.
Drop : 160 m
Target audience: Children, Walkers/hikers,

More information

Ascending elevation : 160 m
Negative elevation : 160 m
topographical guide reference : Topo Guide de 37 promenades et randonnées: Pays du Salève et du Vuache à pied.
map reference : Carte des sentiers de randonnée du Pays du Vuache au 1/25000ème, Carte IGN « Bellegarde sur Valserine » 3330 OT.

Equipments :

Picnic area, Car park, Orientation board,

Services :

Pets welcome,

In the country - Mountain view -

All year round.
Not recommended in bad weather. Autumn, Summer, Winter, Spring,

Free access.