A 100 % nature walk !

The Caves of La Balme are located on a Preserved Natural Area called « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch ». The city of La Balme-les-Grottes obtained this label in 2009.


What is a Preserved Natural Area ?

It is a valuable place in terms of natural heritage (fauna, flora and landscape).

The objectives are :
* To protect the biodiversity of a specific area, working on its access to the general public ;
* To inform on the ecosystem's management and protection issues.

ENS Les Coteaux de St Roch photos 2020


Made up of The Caves of La Balme, the Preserved Natural Area « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch » also allows to discover 2 others naturals environments : forest and calcareous grasslands through a waymarked path (8 landmarks).

ENS Les Coteaux de St Roch Plan de visite 2020

Free visit
Starting point at the foot of Caves of La Balme (landmark n°1)
Running time : about 2 hours
Picnic permitted on path (landmark n°5).

A free paper guide (in French) is available on demand at Caves of La Balme's entrance desk.
Special notice : the path is made up of a few narrow passages. 
We recommend you to wear hiking boots or sport shoes.


Since many years, fauna and flora scientific studies have been coordinated on the Preserved Natural Area « Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch ».

The Caves of La Balme have set information panels near the entrance office with an objective of raising public awareness.
These panels have been created in various forms : a general map and different kids games.

Families would now be able to learn more about the local environment thanks to an educational content adapted to anyone !

Panneau ENS Foret

FaLang translation system by Faboba

Events 2021