Set out to explore Fontainebleau Forest and admire its exceptional landscapes, following in the footsteps of the numerous writers, poets and painters who found artistic inspiration here in the second half of the 19th century.
Relive Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous trek from Barbizon to Grez-sur-Loing – the inspiration for his book “Treasure Forest” – to meet up with his artist friends staying at the Hôtel Chevillon.
max. 134 m
min. 55 m
Styles : HikingBaladeIn the country
The Stevenson Trail begins in front of the Hôtel du Bas-Bréau, leading you along Grande Rue.
As soon as you enter the forest, turn right onto “Le Sentier des Peintres” trail (marked in yellow) in the direction of the “Stèle Millet Rousseau”. Continue along this yellow-marked trail, passing by a café, “Le Chalet de la Caverne”, and a remarkable tree, “Le Chène Sully”.
Bear right along the paved road and after only a few metres, turn right again onto the blue path just nearby.
At the crossroads, take the GR 1, second path on the left (Route du Puits au Géant), and follow the trail all the way to Franchard (careful crossing the D409 secondary road).
In Franchard, be sure to visit the ecotourism centre (if open), offering guided tours, information on the forest and snacks. From the “Eye of the Nations” in the centre of the crossroads, turn right onto the GR 1 trail, then left immediately after the hermitage.
After passing the hermitage, leave the GR 1 trail to take the blue 7-7 (not the 7!) path on the right, next to the Fontaine des Ermites (Hermits’ Fountain). The blue 7-7 trail heads south, crossing a rocky area to once again join the GR 1 a little further on.
Upon leaving the rocky area, cross the Route des Gorges de Franchard and enter the “Arbor&Sens” site via the passage in the fence. Continue opposite and take the first path on the right, then right again to reach the giant sequoia, a remarkable tree you can’t miss!
Leave “Arbor&Sens” behind the sequoia and take Route de Montpensier: the forest trail located the furthest left.
At the Trappe-Charrette crossroads, take Route Marquis (3rd left). At the Carrefour d'Achères crossroads, take the 2nd path on the right (Route d'Achères à Fontainebleau), then take the 3rd left (Route de la Princesse Marie, bordering plot 637) to reach the Carrefour des Grands Feuillards crossroads.
At the Carrefour des Grands Feuillards, follow Route de Montpensier (between plots 636 and 637) and continue on to the Carrefour des Ventes aux Perches.
From this crossroads, start following the green-and-white markings for the “Tour of the Fontainebleau Forest” itinerary. Follow first Route de Recloses à Arbonne (careful crossing the D152), then turn left onto Route des Barnolets to join the GR 13 trail.
Turn right onto the GR 13 that crosses the village of Recloses (accommodations available). Follow the GR 13 until the bridge beneath the railway.
After the bridge, follow the road for a little way, before turning right onto a petite randonnée trail (yellow markings). Leave this PR by taking the 4th path on the left (marked with a Stevenson pointer).
At the first road intersection, take the right-hand path. At the second road intersection, take the left-hand path, then turn left again to rejoin the GR 13 trail paralleling the railway.
Follow this GR left, passing through a vaulted tunnel beneath the railway. Continue following the GR all the way to the Place Jolivet square in the centre of Grez-sur-Loing.
From this little square, head left along the GR 13 B to reach the Place de la République square. Turn right to walk down Place de la République towards the Hôtel Chevillon. In front of the hotel, head right then immediately left onto Rue Carl Larsson. Continue on to the other bank of the Loing in the meadow, to the left below the bridge: the end of the Stevenson Trail.
All year round.
Seine et Marne Attractivité - 13/10/2019
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