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Rocher Canon et Mare aux Évées trail

    This walk enables you to discover two very different sites: the boulder chaos* of the Rocher Canon, and a pond with its ditches created by Man.
      Photo credits : Fontainebleau Tourisme
      Parking du Rocher Canon, Bois le Roi
      77300 Fontainebleau
      La mare aux Evées: the word « Evées » comes from old French and applies to a swampy area. The purpose of its ditches, dug under King Louis Philippe as part of public works aimed at fighting unemployment, is to drain this swampy area. A few noteworthy trees, as well as the names of alleys, bear witness to an ancient arboretum. More than 20 km of ditches were dug in a star pattern, as well as the central basin of 12. 000 m3.

      Noteworthy trees: at the Rocher Canon, the oak called “Bonsai” is an outstanding curiosity of the Fontainebleau massif, a twisted tree literally “sitting” on a sandstone rock. Around the Mare aux Evées (and the Mare à Bauge nearby), bald cypresses also known as Louisiana cypresses were planted around 1830; an aerial excrescence of their roots, called cypress knees or pneumatophores can be observed.

      Forest alleys: they began to be cut through the forest under the reign of King Henri IV (1556-1610), in order to ease access to the forest for stag hunting. The court was then able to follow the hunt in carriages thanks to theses alleys and star crossroads.

      Prices

      Free access.

      Confort and services

      • Spoken languages :
        • French
      • Level green –very easy

      Opening periods

      All year round.