Taking on the Twists and Turns of Gorges Du Val de Fier
Gorges Du Val de Fier is a very scenic canyon located on the boundary of the Haute-Savoie and the Savoie departments in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France. It’s one of the scenic French balcony roads.
Tucked away within the Chambotte massif, over a period of thousands of years, erosion slowly carved out the gorges. The scenery is great and spectacular views are guaranteed. The gorges are traversed by the paved D14. The narrow road offers a stunning driving experience. During heavy rains, the water can rise dozens of metres in a matter of hours.
Located in the southeastern part of the country, the road is 5.0km (3.10 miles) long, running west-east from the paved D991 to Saint-André. High risk of rock slides. Big trucks are forbidden.
Carved by the Fier river, to drive the road without stopping will take most people between 10 and 15 minutes. Visit outside busy periods: loads of tourists in summer. It’s a very scenic drive between a huge rocky wall and the river. The surface of the road is in good conditions. The drive features 2 very narrow tunnels. The drive has vertical rock walls towering above and sometimes over the road. Drive carefully.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic: Martin Cashman