Recognised as a Forêt d’Exception® and a living witness to French forestry excellence, Tronçais is known worldwide for the quality of its wood, which is used to make the barrels that will sublimate the greatest wines and spirits. The label highlights the excellence of forest management. It also distinguishes the preserved environmental heritage, the richness and diversity of the cultural heritage, the reception of the public and the animation of this unique space.
With their unusual dimensions, singular history or strange shape, the remarkable oaks of Tronçais are venerable monuments of nature. Discover the Square Oak, the Stebbing, the Pillar, etc…
Colbert II forest
Located in Saint-Bonnet Tronçais, the Futaie Colbert II is home to two centuries old oaks, which are among the most beautiful in the Forêt de Tronçais.
It is in this exceptional setting that several fun and educational facilities await you. Starting from the Rond de Richebourg, a walk of about 1 hour (1 km) allows you to understand in turn the soil, the forestry, the quality of the Tronçais woods and the making of the barrels or how to create the exceptional alchemy between the Tronçais woods and the greatest spirits.
The bellowing of the stag
Mysterious and impressive, an enigmatic rattle resounds in the forest between September and October: the stag’s bellow. This is the mating season for this species, which is a must in the Tronçais forest. To witness this unusual scene in the best conditions, an observatory, accessible from the Rond de Vitray, is set up. This unique spectacle requires the utmost discretion, as the preservation of the species depends on it. It is therefore recommended to follow the instructions of the ONF with the utmost rigour.
Fountains and Legends
Where there is a forest, there is a legend! There are around forty fountains in the forest. Their mere presence or their strange names have always generated legends, beliefs or cults. They contribute to the mysterious atmosphere of Tronçais.
One cures leprosy and skin diseases, the other announces a fruitful agricultural year. The Font Brigadier makes people fall in love and the Font Viljot predicts marriages… Whatever their mysterious powers, they enhance many walks in the Forêt de Tronçais.
Practical information :
About 40 minutes from the hotel.
Find all the hikes on the Allier Auvergne Tourisme website.
A folder containing the 25 sheets in paper form is also available for 5€ (on sale directly at the Coeur de France Valley Tourist Office).