Interpretative trails along ViaRhôna
You’ll find nature trails scattered along the whole length of the ViaRhôna route, enabling you to learn about local flora and fauna. Here are four examples among many others:
Nature trails beside ViaRhôna
The nature trail of Motz
On the banks of Rhône river and Fier river
At Bregnier Cordon, the Sentier des Lônes et Iles du Haut Rhône
This trail, set between plain and forest, takes you to the heart of the nature reserve of the islands on the Rhône.
- L'Isle Crémieu' ponds (At the north of Isère) : many ponds with a rich natural heritage to discover on trips of discovery or alone , among them, Lemps pond where you can find 'La Tortue Cistude' and the Mépieu natural reserve ponds with various walking paths (Creys-Mépieu, Isère) - www.tourisme-cremieu
At Miribel-Jonage, the discovery trail ‘des hommes, un fleuve et une île’
Seek out ten stops in the park, revealing different landscapes around the river, in an area consisting of a mix of agricultural land and wilder sections.
You can download an audio-guided tour of the trail on the website www.grand-parc.fr
- At Vernaison (Rhône) on the "Île de la Table Ronde" the trail 'de l’Homme et du Fleuve'. On foot or by bike ,take this 3 km circuit. Information panels guide your walk and tell the story that binds people to the Rhône River. Access by the 'chemin de la Traille' to Vernaison.www.otfleuvegivorsgrigny.fr
At Tupins et Semons, the nature trail ‘des lônes en terrasse’
A circular nature trail taking you from the Centre d’Observation de la Nature de l’île du Beurre, (including two observatories) up to viewpoints over the Rhône Valley from terraced vineyards above.
At Péage de Roussillon, Les Oves Meander, close to La Platière Island.
There are two trails here, one to show you the chain ferry, allowing people to cross the Rhône without the need of a bridge, another focusing on local flora and fauna.
L’île des dames (Bourg-Saint-Andéol)
This 8km circuit, plus its two alternative options, has been put in place by La Brème, a local association dedicated to fishing and nature. You walk along a lône, or former branch of the Rhône, following the towpath beside the river itself.
Les Marais du Vigueirat
Owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral (a national body protecting many French coastal stretches), these marshes stretch over 1,200 hectares (a large portion of which is part of a protected national nature reserve), at the junction of two remarkable ecosystems, the Rhône Delta and the Crau Plain steppe.
Along 15km of trails you can observe numerous animal and plant species. In fact, there are over 300 animal species living here, alongside five farms specializing in bull-rearing and horse-breeding. Go around on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage, by yourself or on a guided tour. There’s a corner to park bikes (up to 20 spaces available) for free, with free lockers to leave your bags too.
Le They du Mazet interpretative trail
Located to the south of the town of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, towards the Plage Napoléon beach, Le They du Mazet is a sand formation fashioned by the Rhône and by the sea. An integral part of the Rhône’s Camargue Delta, it’s an important zone in which birds feed, rest and reproduce. It also stands out for its abundant, unusual flora, notably in the sansouires, areas of soil high in salt due to being submerged by the sea during particularly high tides, encouraging the growth of specific plant forms.
Domaine de la Palissade trails
The Domaine de la Palissade covers 702 hectares of land southeast of l’île de Camargue island, close to where the Grand Rhône, the major branch of the Rhône, meets the Mediterranean. Here, you can observe the last remaining Camargue natural area not to be regulated by dykes. Whether going around by yourself or with a guide, on foot or on horseback, choose between trails from 1.5km to 8km in length to discover these typical Camargue landscapes and the fauna that thrives here.
Parc de Camargue trail and observatory
At the start of the trail, a funky wooden observatory named Horizons, conceived by the artist Tadashi Kawamata, allows visitors to contemplate from on high the exceptional agricultural landscapes at the Mas du Pont de Rousty Farm. Further intriguing works have been added along the trail known as ‘Les Sentiers de l’Eau en Camargue’: Escale, on the banks of the Rhône at La Grande Montlong pumping station (on the Route de Salin-de-Giraud road); and Décise, a movable work, on show at Salin-de-Giraud at time of writing.
Etang du Méjean lake trail
Le Scamandre discovery trail