The Jura Mountains are the perfect place to go hacking. Wild yet accessible, they are ideal for a getaway on horseback. On the Grande Traversée du Jura (GTJ) or the Jura Grand Huit trails, your horseriding dreams come true, hacking for an afternoon or following a long-distance itinerary lasting anything from 2 days to a fortnight. Unguided or in the company of a professional, this is your riding heaven.

 

Cavaliers sur la GTJ équestre dans le Haut-Jura
Julie Hann Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Halte dans un gîte d'étape équestre
Julie Hann Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
The Grande Traversée du Jura on horseback

a long-distance hack from one end of the mountain range to the other

For both novices and experienced riders, this is THE long-distance hack to be experienced in the Jura Mountains. The 500km itinerary can be followed in sections (19 stages of about 25km each) or in its entirety, from one end of the mountain range to the other.

From the green valleys in the north to the massif's most beautiful balcony trails in the south, the GTJ is your chance to experience a whole patchwork of landscapes on horseback. To the pleasant sound of your horse's hooves, you'll gaze at the spectacular scenery of our mountains and be soothed by their incredible charm.

Along the way, you'll be warmly welcomed by accommodation providers displaying the GTJ sign. They will adapt to your needs and to those of your horse, who will spend the night in the meadow or in a stable.

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Prepare for your GTJ experience

For riders intending to follow the GTJ trail unguided, we recommend this itinerary guidebook to help you prepare for your hack.

Each of the stage descriptions mentions potential difficulties along the way (slopes, gates, fences, roads, etc.). The duration of each stage is calculated on the basis of an average speed of 4 to 6km/h, excluding stops.

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The Jura Grand Huit

Small loops or long hacks

If you're looking for a bridleway for a day's riding, follow the "Grand Huit" signs. The Jura Grand Huit association specialises in hacking routes and proposes a number of itineraries. Between the uplands, lakes and vineyards, these itineraries will take you exploring the most beautiful spots in the Jura Mountains!

And if you fancy making your hack last for several days, you'll receive a warm welcome from accommodation providers wherever you see the "Grand Huit" quality label! With stopover gîtes, hotels, guestrooms and meals with the hosts, campsites and unusual accommodation like teepees and yurts, there's something to suit every taste.

Various services and facilities are provided to make life easier for you, such as takeaway picnics, maps for you to consult, paddocks and stabling for the horses...

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Galop sur un itinéraire du Jura Grand Huit
Comite Regional du Tourisme Equestre BFC
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