Petite Cascade de Tendon

Vosges / Epinal, Grand Est (Lorraine), France

About Petite Cascade de Tendon


Hiking Distance: 200m round trip
Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Date first visited: 2018-06-20
Date last visited: 2018-06-20

Waterfall Latitude: 48.11059
Waterfall Longitude: 6.68119

The Petite Cascade de Tendon was really more of a short series of smaller-drop cascades.

While it didn’t quite possess the size of the neighboring Grande Cascade de Tendon, this one seemed to have more of an intimate feel to it.

Cascade_de_Tendon_086_06202018 - The Petite Cascade de Tendon
The Petite Cascade de Tendon

After all, we were able to relax by the spray from the falls, let our daughter play in the water for a little bit, and soak in the overall ambience.

Perhaps the only thing messing with the tranquility and good vibes of this place was when someone decides to light up a cigarette and pollute the air with the toxic second-hand smoke.

From the car park (see directions below), it only took a few steps to reach a bench and overlook of the attractive cascades below.

After soaking in the views, we then took a descending trail that took us right across the base of the falls so we could view it from a variety of angles.

Cascade_de_Tendon_117_06202018 - Looking back up at the short trail between the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon and the lookout by the car park
Looking back up at the short trail between the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon and the lookout by the car park

We didn’t continue past the bridge downstream of the falls to continue the trail.

However, according to the signage, it would have led another 8 hours to the city center of Epinal.

Going in the other direction, we also could have taken a 1km trail to reach the Grande Cascade de Tendon in another 30 minutes.

Overall, we spent about 45 minutes away from the car as our time was cut short by a couple of people who were chain smoking by the waterfall.

Cascade_de_Tendon_129_06202018 - Looking across the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon towards a bridge further downstream
Looking across the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon towards a bridge further downstream

Aside from that, it definitely recharged my batteries to continue the drive to charming city of Colmar from Luxembourg City.

Authorities

The Petite Cascade de Tendon resides near Tendon in the Vosges department of the Grand Est province (formerly Lorraine) of France. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their tourism board website.

Cascade_de_Tendon_071_06202018 - A sign pointing the way to the Grande Cascade de Tendon from the car park for the Petite Cascade de Tendon
Cascade_de_Tendon_074_06202018 - Our first glimpse at the intimate Petite Cascade de Tendon in context with a nice viewing bench during our June 2018 visit
Cascade_de_Tendon_094_06202018 - View of the Petite Cascade de Tendon from that rest bench
Cascade_de_Tendon_097_06202018 - Portrait view of the cascades making up the Petite Cascade de Tendon before going down
Cascade_de_Tendon_106_06202018 - Context of Tahia making her way down the short trail to the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon
Cascade_de_Tendon_099_06202018 - Another look at the short trail leading down towards the Ruisseau de la Hutte Stream and the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon
Cascade_de_Tendon_103_06202018 - Looking across the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon after having made it down here
Cascade_de_Tendon_108_06202018 - Looking upstream towards the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon where Tahia was busy trying to position herself on the rock for a nice chilling out spot
Cascade_de_Tendon_116_06202018 - Looking directly at the Petite Cascade de Tendon from its base
Cascade_de_Tendon_120_06202018 - A couple chilling out before the Petite Cascade de Tendon. Unfortunately, that couple started to have a smoke, and that kind of ruined the air quality of this area
Cascade_de_Tendon_133_06202018 - Tahia and Julie making their way back up from the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon to the car park
Cascade_de_Tendon_136_06202018 - Tahia and Julie further along the ascent up from the base of the Petite Cascade de Tendon towards the car park above

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Our visit to the Petite Cascade de Tendon was part of a long drive from Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Freiburg, Germany via Colmar, France.

We’ll only describe the drive from Epinal or Colmar.

Cascade_de_Tendon_070_06202018 - The car park for the Petite Cascade de Tendon
The car park for the Petite Cascade de Tendon

Details of this drive was described in the Grande Cascade de Tendon page.

The important thing to remember about the Petite Cascade’s access was that it was less than 2km to the west of the turnoff to the Chemin des Cascades (the one leading to the Grande Cascade) or 1.6km west of the Hotel de la Grande Cascade along the D11 Road.

Like with the Grande Cascade, there were white signs giving us the heads up to take the correct turnoff on the left.

If you’re heading west on the D11 Road, the left turn onto the signed turnoff is a sharp turn.

Cascade_de_Tendon_082_06202018 - Looking back at the car park for the Petite Cascade de Tendon from the lookout
Looking back at the car park for the Petite Cascade de Tendon from the lookout

If you’re heading east, then you’ll reach the signed turnoff for the Petite Cascade before reaching the Chemin des Cascade another 2km further on the D11.

For some geographical context, Epinal was about 73km (under an hour drive) south of Nancy, 93km (over 1.5 hours drive) west of Colmar, and 193km (over 2 hours drive) south of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Meanwhile, Colmar was 74km (about an hour drive) south of Strasbourg, and 51km (under an hour drive) west of Freiburg, Germany.

Long video starting with a sweep from the main lookout area before descending to the bottom for more intimate looks at the little cascade

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