Cascade d’Ars, sometimes written as Cascade d’Arse, is one the most beautiful waterfalls in France. I rated the Cascade d’Ars with 3,5 stars and is my top 10 of best waterfalls to visit in France!
Cascade d’Ars is located south of Aulus les Bains in the French Pyrenees. From Foix drive south to Tarascon sur Ariege over road D20. There take the D8>D18>D8F to Aulus les Bains.
From Aulus les Bains it is a 5 km walk takes approximately 90-120 min. The trailhead lies along road D8F at gps 42.787410, 1.338229, just south of the river. There is an official parking with a signed trail that leads to Cascade d’Ars.
From the beginning the trail goes slightly up with an ascent of 530 meter over 5 km. From a distance you already can see Cascade d’Ars. Even from road D8F (from Aulus les Bains to Étang de Lers) Cascade d’Ars is visible in the far distance with its total height of 246 meters. The walk was very pleasant and easy to do. More information about the hike can be found on Wikiloc.
Probably Cascade d’Ars is one of the most powerful waterfalls in France. In three stages the water of the Rivière d’Ars thunders down with a great force. One even more impressive then the other. Light circumstances were very difficult with a lot of back light. Cascade d’Ars is falling towards the north.
Best time to visit Cascade d’Ars is early in the morning or late in the afternoon, early summertime.
I like the French side of the Pyrenees very much with a lot of waterfalls. One waterfall you don’t want to miss is Grande cascade de Gavarnie, although it is a 3 hour drive from Aulus les Bains.