Randonnées, découvertes et curiosités franco-suisses Vaud - Valais - Haute-Savoie

Ripaille Forest

Thonon-les-Bains (France)

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Ripaille Forest is just minutes away from Thonon town centre and is ideal for a lovely walk. This private wooded area is home to several different species of animal and you can stroll along a signposted trail to become one with nature.

This national heritage site covers 130 hectares of the Domaine de Ripaille estate. Here you can visit the old oak field where the counts of Savoie once hunted (53 hectares), André Engel arboretum (19 hectares) and the Mémorial National des Justes de France, erected in 1997 in honour of the men and women who saved the Jews during World War II.

The site is home to a number of species of self-sufficient wildlife and plantlife living in a closed circuit of walls isolating the site from the surrounding urban area.

Ripaille Forest covers 53 hectares and is impressive from a historical, forestry and fauna point of view. The counts and dukes of Savoie that came to hunt here in the Middle Ages planted the impressive coppice of sessile oak trees that you can still admire today. During this time a network of paths were laid to divide this forest and lead to the towns in Pays de Vaud on the other side of the lake which once belonged to the Savoie region.
The large ancient wall surrounding the forest has helped the wildlife thrive and you can see deer, a large heronry and many nesting birds. Ripaille has been awarded the ZICO label (important area for bird conservation) as per the EU directive.

André Engel designed an arboretum whose trees were planted over 19 hectares between 1930 and 1934 and holds 58 different, mostly exotic, species. The aim of the project was to research how these plants acclimatised to our region. Some species, such as the North American douglas fir, were incredibly adaptable.

Infos pratiques

Adresse : Chemin de la Forêt
74200 Thonon-les-Bains
Période d'ouverture : Du 01/10 au 30/04 : ouvert tous les jours de 10h à 16h30 sauf les lundis.
Du 01/05 au 30/09 : ouvert tous les jours de 10h à 19h sauf les lundis.
Fermé en décembre.

Langues parlées : French



Office de Tourisme de Thonon-les-Bains
Téléphone : 04 50 26 28 22
Site web : http://www.ville-thonon.fr


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