This small natural reserve has a wonderful hike set out in it. There are remains of Roman and Middle age habitat, including a bath house with underground heating (hypocaustum). This is unique in Belgium. There are many prehistorical caves which you can clamber into and beautiful forests and views. Deep down below you can see the river Lesse where you will end up halfway your walk.
The walk is 3.5 kms long and takes about an hour and a half. It is signposted with arrows and it takes you zigzagging down the rock facade and (after the restaurant) back up again in a slighter less steep fashion. The path is safe, there are steps cut out but you must be careful nonetheless.
For people (like me) who are not avid hikers it's a very nice walk: not to strenous and not too long.
The park opens in March on weekends between 10-17 hrs.
In April, May and June, September and October it's open every day on the same hours.
In July and August also every day from 10-18 hrs.
The park is closed from November-February.
Entrance fee (2010):
2.50 euro per adult
2.00 euro per child ( 12 yrs).
Half way the walk in the park you will find yourself on the border of the river Lesse. Enjoy a coffee, a soft drink or beer, an ice cream...
Favorite Dish: Hmmm, I think I had an ice cream. Or was it a soft drink? I can't remember! Just a few euros spent, I do know that.
Behind the 'restaurant' you continue your walk. At first a very short bit quite steep, after that an easy stroll through the woods.
As many other little gems in the Ardens, Furfooz is not easy to find if you don't leave the main road or highway. Once in Dinant, take the road to Rochefort. Then follow the signs "Furfooz". The park itself is at the end of a dead end road. Please check the opening hours on the website. It is not an-all-year-round-open attraction.
The park starts with a short 10 min. hike uphill where you pass a small Roman bath house. Then you get to a small plateau with breathtaking views over the Lesse valley. The plateau was used as a Roman settlement, and some foundations are still there. From the plateau you go downhill to the river Lesse, where there is a small "restaurant" right at the bank of the river. From there you go along a slightly uphill road back to the parking lot. Along the little hike you will find some caves where they found remnants of prehistoric habitat.