Cascade de Salins

Cantal, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France

About Cascade de Salins

Hiking Distance: 600m round trip (to base)
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-05-11
Date last visited: 2012-05-11

Waterfall Latitude: 45.18819
Waterfall Longitude: 2.40208

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Cascade de Salins was a memorable waterfall to us because of its position in front of some historical-looking arched bridges.

In reality though, those bridges appeared to be nothing more than road bridges, though it was understandable to think of it as something as ancient as Pont du Gard (an ancient Roman aqueduct not far west of Avignon) given its appearance.

Salins_012_20120511 - Cascade de Salins backed by a historical-looking bridge
Cascade de Salins backed by a historical-looking bridge

Neighboring structures aside, this 30m waterfall held its own in terms of scenic allure as we were able to view it from various positions throughout the trail.

The trailhead was situated near the D922, and the path descended right behind the main plunge of Cascade de Salins.

The descent began right after going through a gate that was merely a few minutes from the car park (see directions below).

It was from this general area before the gate that we were able to get those attractive views of both Cascade de Salins and the bridges behind it in one go (as pictured above).

Salins_028_20120511 - Angled look towards the full drop of Cascade de Salins
Angled look towards the full drop of Cascade de Salins

As we descended further, the bridges started to hide from view, but the shadows from within this misty shelter provided much-needed relief from the hot sun (it happened to be 32C on the day of our visit).

We then explored the area behind the waterfall, where we couldn’t help but notice what appeared to be a spring with signage in French indicating that it was some kind of Druid fountain (supposing that we translated the sign correctly).

The path then continued beyond the backside of the falls to offer alternative views from the other side of its stream.

In fact, it was possible to extend the hike beyond the waterfall into about an hour-long loop though we didn’t do the trail beyond visible range of the falls.

Salins_040_20120511 - Looking back across the Cascade de Salins after having crossed over from its backside
Looking back across the Cascade de Salins after having crossed over from its backside

Overall, we had spent around an hour to fully experience the Cascade de Salins, including all the stops and picture-taking that we made.


Cascade de Salins resides near Mauriac in the Cantal department of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes province of France. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their tourism board website.

Salins_001_20120511 - A picnic table and some signs near the car park for the Cascade de Salins
Salins_005_20120511 - Near the car park on the trail leading closer to the Cascade de Salins, which was also next to the D922 road
Salins_016_20120511 - Closer look at the Cascade de Salins and bridges above it
Salins_021_20120511 - After the gate, the trail descends towards the back of the Cascade de Salins
Salins_023_20120511 - Julie starting to descend on the trail to get closer to the Cascade de Salins
Salins_024_20120511 - Going beneath some pretty steep cliffs on the way down to the Cascade de Salins
Salins_026_20120511 - Julie approaching the backside of Cascade de Salins as it was starting to get misty
Salins_029_20120511 - The path leading to the backside of the Cascade de Salins
Salins_034_20120511 - A spring in the alcove behind the Cascade de Salins, which was called the Druids Fountain
Salins_036_20120511 - Angled view of the Cascade de Salins from almost behind it
Salins_042_20120511 - Context of the trail (sentier) in the backside of Cascade de Salins as seen after having gone through it
Salins_057_20120511 - Looking up at the Cascade de Salins from close to behind it
Salins_076_20120511 - Last look at Cascade de Salins as we headed back to the car park

We left from the town of Le Mont-Dore and it took us under 90 minutes to get to the unpaved car park for the Cascade de Salins.

The car park was just at the boundary of the town of Salins along the D922 leaving Mauriac.

Salins is in the Cantal Department of the Auvergne region of the Center of France.

Here’s the driving route that we’d recommend from Le Mont-Dore to Salins.

First, we’d take D996 road as we’d leave Mt-Dore westbound, then we’d turn left onto the D922 road.

Next, we’d follow the D922 road for about 67km towards the town of Mauriac.

We’d then continue along the D922 past Mauriac towards the southeast to the town of Salins.

However, we’d remain on the D922, which would eventually lead us to the top of the Cascade de Salins.

There was trailhead parking a few minutes drive before reaching the top of the waterfall.

It is interesting to note that the Auvergne region is where some notable rivers are sourced.

Some dramatic examples of these rivers include the Loire (think castles, or chateaux, of the Loire Valley) and the Dordogne (think Bordeaux).

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Top down sweep from the front side of the falls

L-shaped sweep from almost behind the falls

L-shaped sweep from the trail opposite the falls after already having gone behind it

Top-down sweep from almost behind the falls on the other side of it

Bottom up sweep from directly behind the falls

Focusing on the falls as Julie makes her way back behind the falls

Focusing on the falls from the lookout as a vehicle passes over the falls proving that at least one of the arched bridges is merely a road bridge

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