Hiking at Le Hérou: Natural park of the two Ourthes

Le Hérou is a rocky outcrop located in the heart of the Ardennes, in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium. It is part of the Natural Park of the Two Ourthes, and is classified as an exceptional natural heritage site in Wallonia. The site is known for its stunning scenery, with the Ourthe River meandering through the valley below.

Le Hérou

A Hiking Paradise Awaits

Le Hérou’s exceptional allure lies in its unique geological formation, a rocky outcrop that protrudes into the meandering Ourthe River. This narrow and elongated peninsula, adorned with a 1000-meter-long rock formation, offers unparalleled hiking trails that wind through the enchanting Ardennes forests. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on an exhilarating journey, where breathtaking views await with every step.

The area is also home to diverse wildlife, including lizards and kingfishers. Le Hérou has been a listed heritage site since 1937 and is considered one of Belgium’s most striking natural wonders. It offers visitors the chance to explore the rocky cliffs and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Ardennes forests.

Location & Parking

Le Hérou is located in the village Nadrin in the municipality Houffalize.

Coming from the village of Nadrin, follow the Rue de Hérou. There is a parking spot close to the village at the corner of Rue de Hérou and Rue de Tier. A second parking spot can be found at the end of Rue de Hérou.

Parking is free. To be fair, the parking spot looks a bit decayed.

Parking Le Hérou

Hiking Routes

Le Hérou is a challenging hike. If you are afraid of heights or have difficulty climbing, it is not for you. However, if you enjoy heights, a steep descent, and scrambling over rocks, then you will love it!

There are several trails that lead to the top of the rocks, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding forests. Due to the steep and rocky terrain, good hiking shoes are a must! Descending from the rocks down to the Ourthe river involves taking a risky steep trail, with chains for aid.

  • Green route: This 5km long hiking trail is advised for shorter hikes. It’s marked with green rectangles and brings you from the viewpoint down to the river and back to the parking.
  • GR57: This 137km long hiking trail starts at Liège Guillemins and ends at Barrage de Nisramont, but not without passing Le Hérou.
  • Eisleck Trail: This 108km long hiking trail starts in La Roche en Ardenne, and ends in Kautenbach, Germany. On it’s way, it passes the valley of the Ourthe including Le Hérou. The route is marked with a white wave on blue background.

Caution: Be extra careful during the descent and ascend after rain or snow. When hiking with children, always keep them close and in sight. Dogs should be kept on a leash for their own safety.

Climbing at Le Hérou

Additional Tips

  • Dress appropriately for the weather conditions, including sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing, and rain gear if necessary.
  • Carry plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up during the hike.
  • Be mindful of the environment and leave no trace of your presence.
  • Respect the local wildlife and refrain from feeding or disturbing them.
  • Inform someone of your hiking plans and expected return time in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
Panoramic view at Le Hérou

Accommodation close to Le Hérou in Nadrin

In the village of Nadrin, there are a few holiday homes available for couples, families or groups. Additionally you can widen your search to the municipalities of La Roche-en-Ardenne and Houffalize.

Campsites nearby

There’s a campsite in the village of Nandrin called “Camping BelleMeuse“. Upstream in the village of Mâboge, “Ardenne Camping Mâboge” forms a great alternative.

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