Forêt du Risoux

Jura  >  France

Beautiful beech forest that is home to several rare mountain species, including Western Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse and Boreal Owl.

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Most recent update 1 March 2023


The Risoux forest (4,400 hectares) is located on the French-Swiss border and its altitude varies between 1,250 m and 1,300 m. It is very rich in exceptional fauna and flora. The forest is probably one of the most beautiful beech forests in France. The harsh climate, the rugged terrain, the extent and diversity of natural environments make this site one with considerable biological value. The Risoux forest is home to several rare mountain birds, including Western Capercaillie and Hazel Grouse with fragile populations, but also Nutcracker, Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Boreal Owl, Citril Finch, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker and Common Crossbill.


Français: La forêt du Risoux se situe au nord du lac des Rousses et son altitude varie entre 1 250 m et 1 300 m. Elle est très riche d'une faune et d'une flore exceptionnelle. La forêt du Risoux abrite plusieurs espèces d’oiseaux montagnardes prestigieuses, dont deux tétraonidés (le Grand Tétras et la Gélinotte des bois) aux populations fragiles, mais également la Chevêchette d’Europe, la Chouette de Tengmalm, le Cassenoix moucheté, le Venturon montagnard et le Bec-croisé des sapins.



Note: it is forbidden to enter the forest from December 15 to June 30, and this in particular to limit as much as possible the disturbance of Western Capercaillie in winter but also in the breeding period. There are many trails through the forest (on the map you see two circular loops), but always check if it is allowed to enter a trail. Important: when you explore the forest, always stay on the tracks.


Français: Il est interdit de pénétrer dans la forêt du 15 décembre au 30 juin, et ce notamment pour limiter au maximum le dérangement du Grand Tétras en hiver mais aussi en période de reproduction. Important : lorsque vous vous promenez en forêt, veuillez rester sur les sentiers.

Terrain and Habitat




Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Summer , Autumn

Best time to visit

Summer , Autumn


Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Regulations exist as to where and when you can go in the forest. Please read the signs in the forest and follow the instructions.

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