"Les Cascades du Hérisson" Franche-Comté Things to Do Tip by himalia11
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The "Cascades du Hérisson" are seven waterfalls of the Hérisson river, the hightest of them being 65 m high. It took us about 2,5 hours to see all waterfalls and it was gorgeous! It's not circuit, but that makes it possible to see all the waterfalls twice. :-) The path is well signposted and at several waterfalls you found signs with information on them (French only).
You either can start at the western end, coming from Doucier, or the eastern end at Ilay. From what I read the car-park at the western end costs 4 ? per car (April to September), and there's also the museum "Maison des Cascades" (4 ? adults, 2 ? children).
We started at the eastern end instead, there's a free car-park next to Ilay on the D39 near the crossing with the D75. From there it's just 10 minutes to the Saut Girard, which already is great with it's 35 m. Nearby you can get some crêpes or ice cream. From there you continue on a wide path, mainly plain. After the Saut de la Forge the path gets smaller and slippery. You'll see some other nice but not huge waterfalls until you reach the Grand Saut. That one is really fantastic! You can walk behind the Grand Saut on a small rocky path and we were crazy enough to do so - it was extremly wet, like taking a shower! Near the Grand Saut there's also the Grotte Lacuzon, which is not very interesting, I wouldn't call it cave. When you continue you'll reach the Eventail waterfall, 65 m high. There's a viewpoint from which you have a great view on the waterfall and the landsacpe. And directly where the watefalls starts there's another place where you can look down. We didn't went down to see it from below, although I'm sure that this is impressing also!
And if you don't have enough of walking - there are some other hiking routes from Ilay, for example to the "Belvédère des 4 Lacs" (viewpoint of the 4 lakes)!
Directions: BetweenChampagnole (22 km) and Morez (23 km), 36 km east of Lons-le-Saunier. Either take the D326 from Doucier, or take the car-park next to Ilay on the D39 directly at the crossing D75 / D39.
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