Discovery of Maincourt trail

An easy walk within an hour of Paris in a quiet and peaceful environment in the heart of the regional park of the high Valley of Chevreuse.

The discovery of Maincourt trail is a short accessible walk, it is only one hour from Paris. You can park easily, it is well signposted and it is pretty short (1-2 h). The place is very interesting because it brings together different backgrounds (the forest and wetlands), it is also very educational because many indications along the way. There is no particular difficulty. Bring proper footwear for the wetland.

You can not miss the small parking lot if you go to Maincourt, there are signs everywhere on the course.

An interesting walk for a Sunday afternoon.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 2 h.

The parking

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The parking
The start of the walk is well signposted, it is located between Le-Mesnil-Saint-Denis and Dampierre-en-Yvelines. The parking is big enough and is free.

The Yvette

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The Yvette

The ascent

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The ascent

The plateau

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The plateau
All along the way there are signs explaining the forest and the action of the men on the forest.

Sandstone block

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Sandstone block
Sandstone block. The sea was present 35 million years ago, it deposited the sand that then turned into sandstone.

Sandstone career

Sandstone career
Old sandstone quarry. it mainly operated from 1876 to 1954. You can still see the railway that brought products extracted up to the nearest train station.

The descent

The descent

Embankments

Embankments

The wet part of the walk

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The wet part of the walk
This part of the walk is a little bit swampy. Take care of your shoes!

Observation tower

Observation tower
There are two observation towers located on the course. For those who want to go deeper into the study of wildlife. Very nice.

The rushes

The rushes
After crossing the wet area you reach the main course.

The course

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The course
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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