Understated and underexplored The Jura, the mountain range that lies just north of Geneva, traces the French and Swiss border from the shores of Lac Leman north towards Besançon. From high plateaus to plunging gorges the Jura is imposing and, in parts, remote.
The lush green farmland and gentle peaks of the region are perfect for hiking and biking with many signposted routes, particularly within the Jura Mountains Regional Natural Park. Mountain biking in the Jura means 120 marked circuits and a world-class mountain biking centre, that is host to international events. In winter The Jura is a popular cross-country skiing destination with many of the routes used by skiers used by walkers in the summer. The Grande Traversée du Jura (or GTJ) is a 175km, long distance ski trail which crosses the Jura mountains in France and parts of Switzerland starting in Val de Morteau and finishing at Giron. Skirting the Franco-Swiss border the Risoux Forest is also a good starting point for hiking and biking with several routes crossing over the border into Switzerland. The abundance of lakes in the Jura makes it a popular place for watersports. Lake Antre lies at the foot of an enormous cliff called La Roche d'Antre and is a good place to kayak. Canoeists will enjoy the rapids at Goumois, on the Doubs. The Loue, which is navigable for 170 km and is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in France, is also popular for a paddle.
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