The woods of Fontainebleau and the one of Chantilly are great hicking sites. Here are additional pieces of information:
- camping overnigh in the woods of Fontainebleau is not allowed by the Office National des Forêts (ONF, in charge of wood management). According to the website of ONF, there are particular places where camping is allowed:
- a campsite Petit Barbeau, near Samois-sur-Seine, near the Seine river
- at the woodhouse "maison forestière" near Bois-le-Roi (Latitude: 48.458121 | Longitude: 2.700491)
- at the parking of the Great Valley "parking de la Grande Vallée" (places for tents, water and toilets) near Bourron-Marlotte (Latitude: 48.354507 | Longitude: 2.717893)
These sites are near roads, it may not be wild enough for you... The site near Bourron-Marlotte seems like a good option. First, make sure it is still posible: email of ONF there
There are lots of places and circuits to visit in the wood of Fontainebleau: Go to les Gorges de Franchard if you have 3 hours to spend: it is a very beautiful place, featuring stones of various shapes.
See the following link for a relief map of the area:
Regarding the forest of Chantilly, the best way to go is to ask the ONF: you will find their e-mail there
Regarding the forest of Rambouillet, there is a campsite right next to the forest. This forest is rather flat, featuring long straigh alleys...
Here is a link to the hunting days in Seine-et-Marne, it is not published yet for this year.
Major risks in these woods are... roads! Cars are really fast on these roads and people do not always respect the speed limits! Beware of hunters and horses!
Don't forget to bring a map of the area, a cell phone in case of problem (but the network it is not always available...) and water... A compass could be a plus.