A princely forest

The Chantilly forest, property of theInstitute of France and managed by the NFB, was formerly fitted out by the Grand Condé for hunting with hounds, which explains the presence of star-shaped intersections and large alleys facing the Château de Chantilly.

It is a forest massif which extends over 6,344 hectares, including 5,392 in the Oise and 952 in the Val d'Oise.

Take a breath of fresh air in this 1000 year old massif

Composed mainly of oaks, limes, beeches, forest management today favors high forest, it is open to different users: racehorses, hikers, hunters. It is important that everyone respects the instructions indicated on the signs located in the forest.

  • Bring the IGN map for beautiful hikes through the wide forest paths. Directional signs are located at the main intersections so you don't get lost!
  • For short walks, take the Toudouze road (behind the racecourse), turn onto the angle road and discover the Commelles ponds!
The ponds of Commelles, in the middle of the forest of Chantilly. ©Chantilly Senlis Tourism

A forest dedicated to the training of racehorses

Chantilly, “Horse Capital”, offers horses an ideal training ground with its 47 km of tracks in the heart of the forest on large sandy tracks, including the Lions track which opens opposite the castle.
These tracks are reserved for the training of racehorses every day until 1 p.m. It is therefore forbidden to walk or park there for safety reasons!

Download the prevention document which tells you the recommended routes in the morning between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Be careful in the Chantilly forest

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