This easy walk of 3.3 km can be enjoyed from Morez, following the Bienne riverbank. The route includes Himalayan footbridges that cross the river.
Welcome to Haut-Jura, for a summer holiday in the great outdoors! While in the region, you absolutely must visit Saint-Claude, the main town, to learn about its industrial past and discover its surprising traditions and amazing museums. Surrounding the town, the craggy mountains of Jura invite walkers to explore between forests and waterfalls. Adrenalin seekers will be spoilt for choice too, with canyoning, potholing, climbing and via ferrata. Alternatively, you can take the train on the Hirondelles line for a dizzying trip to admire the scenery.
Saint-Claude, the Haut-Jura capital
Surrounded by forests and mountains, the town is famous for its pipe and diamond production. Both crafts are presented at the Pipe and Diamond Museum. Two mountain streams flow through the town, the Bienne and the Tacon. The hydropower produced by these rivers was harnessed to give birth to the industrial activities that built the reputation of Saint-Claude!
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Visit to La Fraternelle Community Centre
This facility of some 4,000 m² is home to over a century's worth of heritage from the town's industrial history.
Visit the café, a pleasant place to meet people and chat, or come in the evening to attend an exhibition, a jazz concert or a session of board games.
There's also a 3-room art-house cinema, a whole section devoted to art, and guided tours retracing the local industrial past, as well as plays and dance performances.
Abbey museum and Guy Bardone foundation
This abbey converted to a museum displays a collection of paintings and drawings dating from the late 19th Century to the 1980s. .
But the religious past of this once very powerful Benedictine abbey is still clearly visible in the many vestiges that can be seen here.En savoir plus
Walking along the banks of the Bienne
Grab your best hiking shoes and head deep into the forests of Haut-Jura to discover their secret waterfalls. Time seems to stand still at these heavenly little spots where all you can hear is the melodic sound of the wind in the trees and the water gushing over the rocks.
There are several waterfalls that you can reach fairly easily on foot:
- The Flumen waterfalls are accessible via two routes of 2 km and 4 km.
- The Abîme gorges are at the end of a single, waymarked there-and-back trail of 2.8 km.
- The Queue de Cheval waterfall can be reached after a walk of 1 to 2½ hours with an elevation gain of 60 metres.
- The Combes waterfall is just a short 400-metre walk from the car park.
The Chapeau de Gendarme (Gendarme's hat)
What a strange name for a waterfall!
It was created by a geological fold with several overlapping limestone layers. The name comes from the "bicorn" hats that were worn by gendarmes in the days of Napoleon.
This waterfall can be reached from the nearby car park.
Land of adventure: climbing, via-ferrata and much more
Escape to the great outdoors in the heart of the Haut-Jura Nature Park and take advantage of all the outdoor sports available: canyoning, climbing, via ferrata, potholing, mountain biking, etc.
Along the rivers, up on the rock faces, on the waymarked trails or deep in the caves, just pick your playground.
- In Saint-Claude, Eskaleo organises canyoning, climbing and via ferrata activities with professional instructors in the heart of the Haut-Jura Nature Park.
- La Boîte à Montagne in Les Rousses offers shooting, downhill scootering, enduro MTB and other activities as well as equipment rentals, but also guided canyoning or potholing excursions and much more.
- Try the Roche au Dade Via Ferrata trail and its 70-metre zipwire!
The Hirondelles railway
Check out this unique railway, one of the most beautiful in France, running between Dole and Saint-Claude!
Head off for the day on this tourist train for a guided tour with commentary. The train stops for tours and meals at Arc-et-Senans, Mouchard, Champagnole, Saint-Laurent-en-Granvaux, Morbiez and Morez.
You'll admire some superb landscapes and cross 18 viaducts along the way.