La Roche de l’Ecureuil: A Hidden Gem Along the Semois River
Rocher de l’écureuil, or the Squirrel Rock, is not just any old rock – it’s an epic lookout point in the heart of the Gaume region. On this beautiful hike, you’ll be exploring the Domaine des Epioux and gradually climbing to the top for a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley and the meandering Semois river. And that’s not all – you’ll also get to see the historical Chateau des Epioux and the ‘Grand Etang des Epioux’, a lake that bears witness to Florenville’s industrial past.
Napoleon's nephew's crib - Chateau des Epioux
The walk starts near to the busy Rue de la Forêt, just outside the village of Lacuisine. This hike takes you up along the meandering Semois river from various heights. And let me tell you, the views of the water are simply stunning, especially between the fall and spring seasons.
After about 2 km of hiking, you’ll pass by the Chateau des Epioux, where Prince Pierre-Napoleon Bonaparte, one of Emperor Napoleon’s cousins, once lived. Catch your breath with a short stop at the Grand Etang des Epioux. Located in the heart of the forest, this 10.58-hectare lake is fed by two tributaries of the Semois: the Épioux and Éplatis streams.
Panoramic view on the winding Semois River
You’ll be rewarded for your effort after 6 km of hiking with the panoramic view from the Rocher de l’écureuil. You overlook the Semois river winding through the valley below. And thanks to the bench at the top, you can take a break or even have a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Great walk with kids in Lacuisine
This walk is perfect for anyone who loves outdoor activities and wants to explore the stunning nature in the Gaume (and can handle 8 km). It is well suited to children who can handle the distance as the ascent is gradual and most paths are flat. Ready to go? Click on the start location in Komoot and get instantly navigated to the right place. Be sure to let us know what you thought!
Length and difficulty
7,94 km – 2,5 hours – difficulty: fairly easy/moderate
Distance from Lacuisine
2,7 km – 3 min by car or 35 min on foot
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