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Quarrymen trail

    This trail offers a discovery of the ancient sandstone quarries of the forest of
    Fontainebleau. Sandstone rocks can soon be seen, with their sand grains naturally cemented, but also ancient quarry faces or quarrymen shelters.
      Photo credits : Claire Tenu - ONFZenon Moreau - Fontainebleau Tourisme
      Parking de la Faisanderie
      77300 Fontainebleau
      Sandstone quarries: the quarrying of Fontainebleau sandstone is a little-known
      industrial heritage of the forest. Early records mention this activity as early as the 13th century. It lasted until 1907. Many exceptional remains of this activity are still visible in the forest. Along this trail, you will discover quarry faces,
      quarrying traces, and 19th century quarrymen shelters. In particular, it is thanks to the labor of the Fontainebleau quarrymen that the streets of Paris could be paved. This population, whose toil was exhausting, was prone to revolt and
      created one of the first mutual aid societies.

      The Cave of the Oath: it is the work of Claude-François Denecourt. He had taken the oath not to undertake any new works in the forest, and thus called this cave “the last Denecourt extravagance”. The letters “DFD”, and the 1853 date, are engraved in the entrance.


      Free access.

      Confort and services

      • Spoken languages :
        • French
      • Picnic area
      • Car park
      • Level bue - Medium

      Opening periods

      All year round.