The Vuache nature trail

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  • Sentier nature du Vuache
  • Sentier Nature du Vuache
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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".
Recommendation: Hiking boots and appropriate clothing in wet weather. To avoid disturbing the wildlife and farm animals, please stay on the footpaths and keep your dogs on a lead.
OuverturesAll year round.
Not recommended in bad weather.
  • Leisure facilities :
    • Picnic area
    • Orientation board
  • Services :
    • Services
    • 6 yrs old min
  • Levels of sporting experience :
    • Level bue - easy
  • :
    • In the country
    • Mountain view
  • Information panel language(s) :
    • French
  • Route :
    • Route 160
    • Daily duration (minutes) 125
    • Route BALISE
    • Distance (km) 9.8
Equipment & Services
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
  • Parking :
    • Car park
Directions to :
Point de départ: Parking d’Epagny
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 46.073962
Longitude : 5.975649
Information panel at the beginning of the path. Signposted access to car parking.
Free access.
Auberge de la Goutte d'or, 74520 Jonzier-Epagny - Traditional cuisine
"Au Coucher du Soleil, Epagny,74520 Jonzier-Epagny - a discovery farm. Tasting and sale of cheese, local pork meat products, poultry and apple juice.
"Le jardin des saisons", Jurens, 74520 Dingy-en-Vuache - Sale of seasonal vegetables and cut flowers.
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Point de départ: Parking d’Epagny
Phone : +33 4 50 04 71 63
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French