Signposts complement other orientation tools such as a compass and map~. We recommend always using these three tools together.~Signposts are maintained but you may encounter damages signs after bad weather.

Finding your bearings when hiking: signposting on paths - signposting

We distinguish 3 main types of paths and 3 different types of signposts:

Warning: signposting codes may vary from one country to another and one organisation to another.Find out as much as you can before leaving to enjoy your hikes to the full

The GR® (Grande Randonnée)

They often enable you to visit whole regions, such as the famous GR ® 20 in Corsica. You probably know others, such as the G ®65, used by the Way of St James pilgrims.~Remember to take a hiking bag that is large enough to carry foul and good weather gear.

You will recognise GR® paths thanks to their white and red markings.


The path always remains within a single geographic area. Regional GR® are perfect to discover a region.~They are modular, "links" enable the route to be lengthened or shortened depending on your ability.

They are marked yellow and red.


Each person can find what they are looking for with local heritage or wildlife routes~. On these paths, we recommend a small 20 litre bag, unless you are also carrying your child's belongings, in this case, a 40 litre rucksack would be more suitable.

They are marked in yellow.

On the path, the colour markings will be painted on rocks, trees, walls and posts

Their frequency depends on the terrain and direction to take. The signposting is maintained by close to 8000 volunteers who adapt their markings to the environment to help you find your way, while preserving the beauty of the paths.

Finding your bearings when hiking: signposting on paths

Before starting, find out more about your route, particularly the following points:

- distance~- steepness~- duration of the hike~- maximum altitude.

Discover our article on classifications to hike at your level. Created by the FFrandonnée and their partner IBP Index, this classification system uses a colour code similar to ski slopes (from green to black), and takes into account effort, technical level and risk.~ To find the right route for you, refer to the hike guides. Some editors even have themes such as foodie hikes.

Finding your bearings when hiking: signposting on paths - comparing signposting

Please note!

To not make a mistake, remember that MTB markings have a triangle and two circles (red, orange or brown depending on the distance of the route) and markings for horse-riding routes are orange. In the winter, you may also come across purple markings for snowshoe routes.

Do you want to become a marker?

 Register here to obtain your official marker / collector card and contribute to safeguarding our beautiful hiking paths.

Find more information on the Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre website:

To be well-equipped:

How about you, are you more PR, GR® or regional GR®? Tell us in the comments section. Happy hiking!

The brands GR® et GR® de Pays are registered trademarks belonging to the Fédération française de Randonnée Pédestre. 

The PR® are managed by the Fédération and the Département committees. To develop, maintain and promote the network of high quality routes, the Fédération has developed a Label process and collective brand that enable the joint management of Labelled routes by itself, its committees and local players who take part in their funding.

Source: Ffrandonnee website