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Natural beauty on Île-de-France – mountain biking around Paris

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Natural beauty on Île-de-France – mountain biking around Paris

Mountain Biking Collection by Fred Urrutia

17

Tours

38:06 h

290 mi

14,225 ft

It's not easy to find adventures in a big city, right? Well, Paris proves you wrong! The area around the capital is great for mountain biking. There are many regional nature parks and forests that offer beautiful green escapes. Contrary to expectations, the valleys of the Ile-de-France region are also quite steep.

Admittedly, this is a far cry from mountain ranges and epic mountain bike routes but the circuits around Paris are suitable for both beginners and experienced mountain bikers. They let you enjoy your favourite sport just a few minutes from home and you can travel elsewhere for bigger adventures.

These mountain bike Tours around Paris invite you to discover new horizons at the gates of the City of Light: the regional nature parks of the French Gâtinais, the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse, the French Vexin, the Oise – they’re all beautiful.

From beginner routes to more technical circuits, these Tours let you explore exceptional sites no matter your level. These unknown paths are reachable with the metro, RER or transilien so you can easily discover the secrets of the Ile-de-France region.

This Collection of mountain bike itineraries comprises 17 unique loops around Paris. These adventures lead through nature whilst exploring the architecture and monuments of the surrounding neighbourhoods.

All you need is your mountain bike and suitable clothing. For longer rides, take an energy bar and something to keep you hydrated. There's no need to overload yourself as you'll find plenty to eat when you leave the forests and parks. Mountain biking near Paris does have its advantages!

To transport your bike, respect the standards and schedules imposed by the RATP and SNCF:
ratp.fr/en/it-possible-carry-my-bicycle-ratp-network
transilien.com/en/page-deplacements/traveling-with-bike

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Tours & Highlights

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    Loop 1: Discovering the Saint-Cloud park by mountain bike – MTB in Île-de-France

    Intermediate
    01:31
    11.4 mi
    7.5 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The former park of a vanished castle, Saint-Cloud Park is one of my favorite sites for mountain biking around Paris. Classified in the inventory of historical monuments, this national domain shelters monumental remains and fountains across its 460 hectares. It is an exceptional playground for Ile-de

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  • Difficult
    01:14
    9.82 mi
    7.9 mph
    550 ft
    575 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Located between the forest of Meudon and the national domain of Saint-Cloud, the forest of Fausses Reposes is a former royal domain fitted out for hunting. This explains the many star-shaped crossroads.

    

    A few steps from Paris, the national forest of Fausses-Reposes extends over 630 hectares. It is crossed

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  • Intermediate
    01:45
    12.2 mi
    6.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Meudon forest is one of the main green sites in western Paris. It is the largest forest in the Hauts-de-Seine, with more than 1,000 hectares of greenery in five municipalities: Meudon, Clamart, Chaville, Vélizy and Viroflay.

    

    It is an exceptional place for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. Its

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  • Intermediate
    04:09
    34.3 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Yvelines offer an ideal setting for practicing sports in the heart of nature near Paris. It is the department with the largest wooded area. It is partially in the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse Regional Natural Park, one of the four PNRs around Paris. To discover the forest of Rambouillet and its surroundings

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    25.9 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Vexin Français regional natural park is one of those essential playgrounds that sports enthusiasts in the Ile-de-France region love. There is a fairly hilly terrain, in the middle of fields and forests. Since 2020, this area has been part of the protected geographical indication Île-de-France which

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    15.6 mi
    7.5 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Located north of the Yvelines, the forest of Marly is a perfect site to test your legs on a mountain bike. It is a former hunting ground of the kings of France, which illustrates well the prestige of the forest. Today, it is a compendium of bucolic sites, monuments, and incredible viewpoints, among others

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  • Intermediate
    02:05
    15.6 mi
    7.5 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Isle-Adam forest is one of the main green spaces in northern Paris, in the Oise. Located 25 kilometers from Paris, this forest massif covers 1,548 hectares. It is a natural setting made up of oaks, hornbeams, lime trees and beeches. It is organized around a hill which makes it an exceptional playground

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  • Intermediate
    01:42
    11.7 mi
    6.9 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This mountain bike ride in the Montmorency forest is ideal for recharging your batteries and putting your legs to work. It is almost 20 kilometers long, with 250 meters of elevation gain. You will have to test yourself on some fairly steep but fairly short slopes. The first 50 meters take place on a

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  • Intermediate
    01:49
    12.6 mi
    6.9 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Carnelle is an ideal playground for mountain bike enthusiasts. I therefore had to mention this marvelous site in this Collection. It is one of the three main forests of Val-d'Oise, along with L'Isle d'Adam and Montmorency.

    

    This island of tranquility covers 975 hectares in total. It is populated by chestnut

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    17.6 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    I started mountain biking to find paths to run trails. I realized that in fact, the two disciplines were pursuing the same goal: exploring trails in the heart of nature. So I said to myself: why not do a mountain bike trail?

    

    Well, today, I suggest you do the Balcons de la Seine trail on a mountain bike

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  • Intermediate
    01:28
    12.4 mi
    8.5 mph
    225 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Bois de Vincennes is one of the great green spaces at the gates of Paris, just like the Bois de Boulogne. It has a long history, as it is a remnant of forest dating back to antiquity. Called Vilcena in the Middle Ages, the Bois de Vincennes has become an essential space for nature lovers. It extends

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    25.6 mi
    8.4 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Straddling Seine-et-Marne and Val-de-Marne, the national forest of Notre-Dame extends over more than 2,000 hectares. It is home to natural treasures and a rich cultural heritage that make it a perfect playground for mountain biking.

    

    To enter this forest massif, you can leave from the town of Crosne and

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    19.9 mi
    8.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Pontcarré is at the crossroads of many preserved areas such as the Armainvilliers forest, the Ferrières forest, the integral biological reserve, the Lamirault park... There are ponds, paths and a rich biodiversity.

    

    To make the most of this setting, here is a 32 kilometer mountain bike ride. No vertical

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  • Difficult
    02:29
    18.8 mi
    7.6 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Oise Regional Natural Park is one of four PNRs around Paris, in Île-de-France. This vast territory is a paradise for sports enthusiasts who like to walk the trails in the heart of nature. It includes forests, parks, villages of character, ponds... Everything is there to delight lovers of the great

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  • Intermediate
    02:11
    18.3 mi
    8.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The forest of Sénart is a vast territory straddling the departments of Essonne and Seine-et-Marne. There are more than 3,000 hectares of greenery that are home to many ideal trails for a beautiful mountain bike ride.

    

    As the forest has few ribs, it is an excellent place to enjoy the idyllic setting. That

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  • Easy
    01:38
    11.7 mi
    7.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The French Gâtinais natural park is one of the four PNRs around Paris. Its natural heritage, its shady paths and its beautiful landscapes make it an excellent playground for mountain bike lovers. If you are looking for elevation and preserved paths, test yourself on this course, a few steps from the

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    16.9 mi
    7.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Fontainebleau is a jewel in the Ile-de-France region. The city has a rich natural and cultural heritage. A few steps from the city, there are already paths that lead you to the heart of a preserved forest very frequented by hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers. Impossible to make a Collection of

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    17
  • Distance
    290 mi
  • Duration
    38:06 h
  • Elevation
    14,225 ft

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