Located in the Belgian 'Ardennes', Tros Marets is a rather small river that created a beautiful valley near Malmedy / Hockai. It's ideal for hiking all year long. Altitude ranges from 340 to 574 meters.
On the E42 highway Verviers-Malmedy, take exit 10 'Hockai'. When you reach Hockai follow the road in the direction of Xhouffraix. When you reach the forest and after some sharp curves, you arrive at the Fraineu 'fagne' where you see an info-sign and some parking space. From there you can hike to the Fraineu - fagne (northwards) or cross the road and follow the Tros Marets river downstream (southwards).
There are no permits required. As always, leave plants and animals alone and respect nature. "Leave nothing but footprints" !
There's a hiking map: NGI 1/25.000 50/5-6.
Free camping is not allowed.
On of the campsites in the area:
Camping Grotte des Nains
Village 10 A
4960 Beverce (Malmedy)
tel: +32 (0)80/33 81 97
When to visit
You can visit the Tros Marets valley all year long. The scenery can be really great in wintertime. In wintertime, be sure to wear good waterproof hiking shoes and warm waterproof clothing as it can be rather cold.
Site (in Dutch) where you can download GPS Waypoints, Route and tracks:walters-gps-wandelingen
More info on the region: Malmedy