Hiking and Walking in and Around Paris

Information about the walking trails of Paris and Ile-de-France, with details of local hiking groups...

The Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (FFRP) is the overseeing body for all marked and maintained walking routes in France. It provides information and guide books (most in French) for walkers in the Paris, Ile-de-France area.

Top 25 hiking maps issued by the Institut Géographique National (IGN) are available from newsagents (presse) and bookshops.

All nationally recognised trails are categorised as follows:

  • GR (Grand Randonée): Registered hiking trails that often run across the entire country.
  • GRP (Sentiers de Grande Randonée de Pays): Registered regional trails that will take you around a particular region for several days.
  • PR (Sentiers de Promenade): Walking and hiking trails for short circuits, lasting several hours.

Clear explanations of the waymarks, or blazes (balises), of the French route marking system on this website:

A walk around the Paris and Ile-de-France area gives the option to trek across the region's forests and natural parks or along the rivers and through the valleys.

The départements of Paris and the Ile-de-France each have a departmental committee dedicated to maintaining routes and providing information. Below are the contact details and web links for each of these.

Paris (75)

The Paris departmental committee provides information on the over 174 kilometres of marked routes in central Paris, with further details of various walks which pass interesting landmarks and sights. The routes are of varying lengths and difficulty.

The offices are based at:

Paris City Centre Walks: Following a four and a half kilometre stretch of the old Strasbourg railway line, this walk passes many of the famous Parisian landmarks. The railroad was decommissioned in 1969 after a century in use; it has now been converted into a raised walkway through the city. The walk begins in the 12th arrondissement at avenue Daumesnil, and passes across the Viaduct des Arts which is nine meters above street level.

For more information see website:

Seine-et-Marne (77)

The Seine-et-Marne has 2,800 kilometres of marked hiking routes across the département.

Information is available from:

  • Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre de Seine-et-Marne
    At: 11 rue Royale, 77300 Fontainebleau
    Tel: 01 60 71 91 16
    email

Yvelines (78)

The Yvelines region has lots to offer the rambler with the website of the local committee providing information about forthcoming events, routes and potential problems to the routes, for example road closures.

Contact details:

Nature et Loisirs provide guided walks and rambles through the Montfort-l'Amaury area of the Yvelines countryside. The website, in English, lists upcoming events.

Essonne (91)

Information on the hiking routes and services for individual tourists are available through the committee.

Hauts-de-Seine (92)

Information for individual walkers is available from the committee. The offices are based at:

  • Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre des Hauts-de-Seine
    At: 5 ave Jean Bouin, 92130 Nanterre
    Tel: 01 42 04 26 70
    email

Seine-Saint-Denis (93)

For advice and information for hikers in the region, contact:

  • Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre de Seine-Saint-Denis
    At
    : 1 ter place des Martyrs de la Résistanceet de la Déportation, 93310 Rosny-sur-Bois
    Tel: 01 48 54 00 19
    email

Val-de-Marne (94)

Information services for individual tourists about walking in the Val-de-Marne, also includes weather reports for your trip.

  • Comité Départemental de randonnée pédestre du Val-de-Marne
    At: Moulin de la Bièvre,,73 ave Larroumés, 94240 L'Hay-les-Roses
    Tel: 01 45 46 13 99
    email

Val-d'Oise (95)

The Val-d'Oise region has over 1,400 kilometres of routed walks taking the pedestrian through 2000 years of history in the Pays-de-la-France area.