Discover spectacular hiking in Annecy

With hiking trails from the shores of Lake Annecy, you can explore this beautiful area on foot.

If you enjoy hiking on your summer holiday in the French Alps then Annecy is the perfect destination.

Some would say that Annecy in Haute Savoie is one of the most beautiful towns in France. Hikes in the Annecy area are equally as stunning! With hiking trails starting right from the shores of Lake Annecy and reaching up to the lofty heights of the surrounding peaks, there is plenty on offer to keep even the most avid hiker content.

Family-friendly hiking trails

You really don’t have to venture far from Annecy itself to reach some wonderful family friendly walks. Head over to Menthon-St-Bernard to explore the gentle paths at the Roc du Chêre. This beautiful nature reserve has a network of well-worn footpaths which are suitable for all ages of hiker. Make sure to reach Belvedere to take in the stunning view down to Lake Annecy.

Another beautiful hike suitable for kids is to the Cascade d’Angon (the Angon waterfall). This is a lovely path leading you right up to the impressive waterfall where you can watch people abseiling through the waterfall!

To the south of Lake Annecy, less than 45 minutes from Annecy itself, lies the Massif des Bauges. This beautiful region offers yet more stunning day walks and hikes many of which are suitable for family trekking.

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More challenging hikes

For those looking for more of a challenge, try tackling Mont Veyrier, which dominates the lake’s eastern shores. At nearly 1,300m and its distinctive limestone cliff face near the summit, it stands out from the rest of the nearby peaks. There are a number of trails leading to this spectacular peak, and on to the neighbouring summit of Mont Baron. One of the more popular starting points is from the car park at Veyrier-du-Lac, a short distance from Annecy itself, or from the Col des Contrebandiers.

There are also many hiking trails in the nearby mountain resorts. Semnoz, on the western side of the lake, offers a different perspective over the turquoise waters. And a short distance further you will find the Aravis mountain range, including La Tourette, where you will discover hundreds of incredible hikes.

Hiking above Lake Annecy on Parmelan

An OVO Network favourite is the Trou de la Mouche, accessible from Lac des Confins, near La Clusaz. This hike should take between three to four hours and takes you through a natural hole in the rock, offering a unique view of Mont Blanc.

If you truly want to get the most out a hiking holiday in the Alps why not book a guide? They will lead you on only the best trails and offer an insider’s take to the local area. 

Other things to do in and around Annecy

The Annecy region has a lot more to offer than just hiking. Cycling in Annecy is world class and there are hundreds of routes to explore. And with Lake Annecy on your doorstep, you never have to go far for a dip. A plethora of water sports are on offer on the lake, from swimming to wake surfing. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Rock climbing, canyoning, paragliding, horse riding — there is no end to the fun when on a summer holiday in the French Alps.

The perfect base for your hiking holiday

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or you simply want to take in some of the beautiful scenery in Haute Savoie, you will love hiking in the Annecy region. Find a gorgeous chalet to enjoy your summer holidays in the Alps with OVO Network.

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