Beaver spotting in Achouffe

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Stealth your way across the fairy valley to spot the busy beavers of Achouffe. Spot the beavers building their dam and capture these adorable architects of the Ardennes on a 6km walk

Beavers aren’t just cute. They play a really important role in keeping the forests of the Ardennes of Belgium running smoothly and responsible for creating rich soil. Come and see their dams, which have changed the course of the rivers and the landscape of the forests. If you keep quiet, you might just see them building away. Their work is bringing life back to the forests of Belgium. Keep your eyes peeled for the beavers, their dams, and their footsteps!

This 6km walk (about 2 ½ hours) takes you through the Valley of the Fairy (Vallée des Fées) which is known for its beaver dams and great natural views. Start off your trek at Brasserie d'Achouffe, and follow along the blue and white signs for your 6km hike. You’ll follow along a side stream of the beautiful Ourthe river. The walk loops back around to the La Chouffe craft brewery, where you should stop for some Belgian beer after stretching your legs.

Don’t miss the Achouffe gardens by the brewery where you’ll find tons of little dwarfs and info boards to learn about all the nature right here.

PS. There are many other routes you can take starting at the Brewery, this one was personally recommended by one of our favourite Belgian travel bloggers, Emeline who runs

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    The beavers are amazing architects, they've built enormous dams that have changed the scenery of the dams completely. Be very quiet otherwise you won't be able to spot them!

    — Belgian blogger at

Updated on 10 January 2022

Tips and Tricks

  • Gets slippery. Not great for strollers or wheelchairs
  • Distance: 6 km, around 2h30
  • What to bring: good walking shoes against mud. Because the beavers changed the course of the river with their dams the whole area is quite muddy

Getting There

  • By Car: free parking available at Brasserie d'Achouffe

Route details

Starting point: Brasserie d'Achouffe, Achouffe 32, 6666 Houffalize, Belgium

  • Signage: follow the blue and white signs
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