If you’re planning on going hiking in France this Summer we’ve listed below 10 of the best child friendly french hiking trails. We chose a suitability age range of between 5-10 years, so you may want to double check the suitability before setting: the little french lady in the ticket booth is usually the font of all knowledge in these matters.
Rather than wrap up the french hiking trails information in 1000 words we’ve highlighted what we think is the essential information you need for an enjoyable day out, including an all important clickable Google map link.

Have a great hike…

1. Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, French Alps

Description

  • Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Department: Savoie
  • Trail Length: 4.8 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Scenic views of the Alps, traditional alpine village, and hidden lakes. Ideal for exploring local flora and fauna.
  • Amenities: Nearby restaurants, public services, and free local shuttle bus.

Google Maps Link

Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

2. La Petite Boucle, Gironde

Description

  • Region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Department: Gironde
  • Trail Length: 1.4 km
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Highlights: Calm forest environment, perfect for young children.
  • Amenities: Picnic areas and rest spots along the trail.

Google Maps Link

La Petite Boucle

3. Parc Floral, Bordeaux

Description

  • Region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Department: Gironde
  • Trail Length: Varies within the park
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Diverse natural environments including forests, meadows, and wetlands.
  • Amenities: Playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms.

Google Maps Link

Parc Floral

4. Les Prés Salés Ouest, La Teste de Buch

Description

  • Region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Department: Gironde
  • Trail Length: 2.2 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Natural reserve with scenic views and local wildlife. The site features a mix of marshes and wild steppes.
  • Amenities: Accessible for strollers, picnic areas, and restrooms.

Google Maps Link

Les Prés Salés Ouest

5. Sentier des Contrabandiers, Praz-sur-Arly

Description

  • Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Department: Haute-Savoie
  • Trail Length: 3 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Educational trail with a treasure hunt and interactive panels, based on the history of the region.
  • Amenities: Picnic areas, rest spots, and educational signage.

Google Maps Link

Sentier des Contrabandiers

6. Orgère Discovery Trail, La Norma

Description

  • Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Department: Savoie
  • Trail Length: 2.5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Wildlife sightings including marmots and ibexes, suitable for all-terrain pushchairs.
  • Amenities: Picnic areas, restrooms, and educational panels.

Google Maps Link

Orgère Discovery Trail

7. Circular Lake Walk, L’Alpe d’Huez

Description

  • Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Department: Isère
  • Trail Length: 3 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Stunning views of several lakes, perfect for beginners and young children.
  • Amenities: Picnic spots, restrooms, and benches along the trail.

Google Maps Link

Circular Lake Walk

8. Lac Vert, Canejan

Description

  • Region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Department: Gironde
  • Trail Length: 1.5 km
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Highlights: Serene green lake, beautiful water and greenery.
  • Amenities: Picnic areas, restrooms, and benches.

Google Maps Link

Lac Vert

9. Lac Bleu, Leognan

Description

  • Region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Department: Gironde
  • Trail Length: 2 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Stunning blue water, easy and perfect for a family day out.
  • Amenities: Picnic areas, restrooms, and benches.

Google Maps Link

Lac Bleu

10. The Tétras Trail, Vars

Description

  • Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • Department: Hautes-Alpes
  • Trail Length: 2.5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Fun and educational trail with interactive panels about the Val d’Escreins nature reserve.
  • Amenities: Picnic areas, restrooms, and educational signage.

Google Maps Link

The Tétras Trail

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I've been travelling since the 70's and have visited over 30 countries, but, and it's a big but, my heart has always been in the French countryside. So much so that 15 years ago, my wife Charlotte and I bought a little hamlet house in central France and haven't been anywhere since, except for the odd trip to the Polish steppes (don't ask why, it's complicated). FiftyFrance is an expression of our deep and abiding love for France and her people.

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