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Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau)

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Address: Fontainebleau, France
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This 49,000-acre forest is one of the biggest in France.

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Rock climber's dream

My boyfriend rock climbed here about 4 years ago and has never shut up about it, so we went back this November and made sure to do a climbing outing. Even though it snowed the day... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 18, 2016
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

My boyfriend rock climbed here about 4 years ago and has never shut up about it, so we went back this November and made sure to do a climbing outing. Even though it snowed the day before and we had some light rain, there were quite a few fellow climbers out! Looks like it would be a great spot to... More 

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Encinitas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This wasn't a forest in the sense I've known others. The part we visited was filled more with large rocks than trees, but what unfolded was my first experience of rock climbing at a "beginner" level. My chance to rapell off the face of a large rock was one of the highlights of my travel life. Yay, Fontainebleau Forest!

Thank Patty8888
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Had a great afternoon walking in the forest and scrambling over the boulders ! We parked at parking des gorges de Franchard which was free and provided great access to a football walk to a nice view point and back. Paths were mainly sandy and some slopes and rock parts were a but if à challenge for the oldies, but... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

What an unusual spot! We did one of the sign posted walks through the forest with our 7 & 10 year olds. It was fabulous, as the walk took us through the boulders, and past little caves and ended with a superb view of the area. It felt like somewhere magical! One our second walk they both tried some bouldering,... More 

Thank Kit557
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

I spent ages wondering whether to go here. We have plenty of forests back at home so I wasn't sure whether we would really get a whole lot out of it. Firstly, the tourist office in Fontainebleau itself is really good - we drove in to find out where we actually go in the forest. We got a helpful map,... More 

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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Excellent forest. We went trekking in a group. Climbed a small hill with in the forest. Next day went on bicycle thru the forest as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Fontainebleau Forest is a very large place that feels quite remote given how easy it is to reach from Paris (45 mins from Gare de Lyon on Île de France Line R). There is a wide range of activities available here, such as hiking, mountain biking and bouldering. The boulders make the scenery interesting and varied (and the paths more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

We did the "caverne des brigants" walk with our 2 boys 5&7. They loved it, looking for the little blue paint signs that show the way and finding the cave. Actually once done they wanted to do another one. We stayed a good 2 1/2 hours walking and climbing. We will come back for sure.

Thank Franck M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

A family of three, with a 12 year old girl had a magnificent time at the Elephant (near Lancort). This place is ideal for children and we met both a french kindergarten and a schoolclass. A lot of exciting boulders for children - but also for adults.

Thank Nina K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

If you didn't climb a single boulder here in the home of bouldering, walking in the forest would be enjoyment enough. I spent my time near Milly-la-Forêt, which is itself a lovely village, bouldering Rocher Fin and Gorge aux Chats and had one of the best weekends of my life.

Thank Nik C

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