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Franche-Comte Waterfalls
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Rushing water is one of the characteristics of the Jura department. Its relief imposes a particular course to the rivers, which almost every one has gorges, drops or waterfalls. In spring, when snow is melting, rivers and waterfalls offer all the magnificence.

Image of Eventail waterfall, Herisson waterfall

Grand Saut Waterfall
Le Grand Saut

Herisson, Eventail waterfall

Herisson Waterfalls

They are located near the village of Doucier in the heart of the "Region des Lacs" (Jura region of lakes). Source of the Herisson river is in the lake of Bonlieu altitude of 805 m (2641 ft). It drops down to the Doucier plateau covering 280 m (920 ft) of altitude difference in only 3 km (2 miles) by cutting through narrow gorges and forming spectacular waterfalls of:

  • The "Eventail" (name eventail derives from its fan shape), a 65 m (213 ft) rop in leaps and bounds, forming a pyramid of foaming water;
  • The "Grand Saut" water falls from a height of 60 m (200 ft) in a single waterfall;
  • The "Saut du Moulin" and "Saut Girard";

Herisson, Saut Girard waterfall
Le Saut Girard

Herisson in winter
l'Eventail in winter

Billaude waterfall
Lemme river

Billaude waterfall
Lemme Valley

Billaude waterfall
la Billaude

Billaude Waterfall

Near the city of Champagnole, at the bottom of a valley, the river Lemme drops a total of 28 m (92 ft) in 2 successive waterfalls, tumbling from a narrow crevice in a wooded setting between towering rock faces. It is visible both from the viewpoint, dominating the valley of the Lemme, or by a walking path with stairs and platforms.

Haut-Jura Waterfalls

Rushing water is one of the characteristics of Haut-Jura. In spring, when snow is melting, waterfalls offer all their magnificence.
Queue de Cheval waterfall
Queue de Cheval

From the village of Chaumont, 4 km from St-Claude, a marked trail reaches the "Queue de cheval" waterfall, meaning "Horse Tail". The rushing water drops 60 m in two leaps set in a very pleasant setting.

Flumen waterfall

After the Queue de Cheval waterfall, the waters of the brook continue to hurtle through forests clearings. It is an ideal area for picnicking and cooling off.

Queue de Cheval waterfall
Queue de Cheval
Flumen waterfall

The hike starts next to the camping site of St-Claude, 2 km from the city. The trail leads to the waterfalls of the Flumen River, emerging in the middle of a cliff, a very impressive sight in raining period.

Tufs Waterfalls

There are two waterfalls called Tufs, that are located in two different places in the department of Jura, one close to Arbois, the other to Beaume-les-Messieurs. Both are fed by underground rivers, which gush out forming numerous cavities dug in the tuff (calcareous rock of sedimentary origin).
Tufs waterfall
Les Tufs de Baume-les-Messieurs

Les-Messieurs Tufs waterfall
Les Tufs de Baume-les-Messieurs

Near Arbois Tufs waterfall
Tufs waterfall near Arbois during heat wave

This waterfall is fed by the Cuisance river, which takes its source in the heart of the Planches blind valley and resurfaces at numerous cavities dug in the tuff, a limestone rock of sedimentary origin, where its name come from "Tufs" waterfall. These multiple trips cause several waterfalls that fall in the basins of Dar.

Tufs Waterfall
Baume-les-Messieurs Tufs Waterfall

Located in the blind valley of Baume les Messieurs, near the entrance of the caves, the water of the underground river Dard, springs up and forms waterfalls with numerous cavities.

Saut de lOgnon Waterfall
Saut de l'Ognon

Located on the Ognon, a mountain river that rises at an altitude of 1,060 m, in the Regional Natural Park of Ballons des Vosges. After a difficult start, the Ognon falls into a magnificent 14 m waterfall, the Saut de l'Ognon, at the end of a narrow rocky gorge.

La source du Doubs

Near the village of Mouthe, the Doubs river spring gurgles forth from a cave at the foot of a steep slope in the forest of Noirmont, at an altitude of 937 meters. It starts its course in a landscape of meadows and fir trees, before making numerous twists and turns.

Doubs river source
Saut du Doubs
Le Saut du Doubs

It has been listed as the first natural site of Franche-Comte. Boat excursions on the Doubs river leave from the small town of Villers-le-Lac, and take the passengers across the majestic setting of wooded cliffs to the Saut du Doubs. From there, a path leads to the two viewpoints overlooking the waterfall from a height of 27 m (88.5 feet).

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