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On the road in the Black Forest National Park

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On the road in the Black Forest National Park

Hiking Collection by Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald

10

Tours

19:39 h

40.6 mi

6,300 ft

The wild beauty of the trees, the magic of untouched nature, islands of tranquillity far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – you can experience all this on a hike in Germany’s Black Forest National Park. Within an area of more than 10,000 hectares (24,700 ac), the forest is allowed to remain utterly wild and the motto here is ‘Let nature be nature’.

From the rare three-toed woodpecker to the adder – there’s room for everyone in the national park. The fastest bird in the world, the peregrine falcon, is just as much at home here as Europe's smallest owl, the pygmy owl. Trees that usually reach only a third of their natural age in commercial forests are allowed to grow several hundred years old here, until they make way for subsequent generations.

Over 10,000 animal species and countless plant varieties are thought to live in the park. When you walk through the forests, it seems as if the ground is alive and the air is full of mysterious sounds. You learn to look, listen and become still. Those who succeed in doing so will be rewarded with stunning experiences: a glimpse of a woodpecker or the call of an eagle owl penetrating through the darkness of the trees.

A visit to the wilder Black Forest on one of the adventure trails, where you can learn exciting facts about lynx, woodpeckers and more, is particularly enjoyable. All information on the fauna and flora in the National Park can be found at nationalpark-schwarzwald.de.

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    Black Forest National Park: Lynx Trail – protected areas in Baden–Württemberg

    Easy
    01:14
    2.83 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Again and again individual lynx roam through the Black Forest. So far they have not settled down here, but if you want to get to know the cat of prey better on quiet paws, you can follow their tracks on the lynx trail.

    

    Let's start with lots of information in the lynx hut. Its call can also be heard at

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  • Difficult
    01:10
    2.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The narrow path leads through a wild forest with trunks lying all over the place and large root plates.

    In 1999, the hurricane "Lothar" knocked down a large part of the 150-year-old trees on the Plättig. Here you can see how the forest has been developing freely since then and how new life is springing

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  • Easy
    00:14
    0.53 mi
    2.3 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In 1999, the hurricane "Lothar" plowed a deep swathe through the forest on the peaks of the northern Black Forest. On the Lothar Trail you can experience how nature develops after a storm without human intervention and with what power new forests are created. Many insects and fungi have found new habitats

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    6.91 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the hike through the Tonbach valley, meadows and pastures alternate with unspoilt forests.

    

    From the large car park in Tonbach, the path leads across the quiet valley. Some narrow paths will take you to the deer enclosure, which includes the meadows on both sides of the stream and the adjacent slopes

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    5.88 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This varied circular route leads from the Ruhestein National Park Center through meadows and forests. From the Bosensteiner Eck it is worth making a detour to the Brennter Schrofen, from where there are views of the spa town of Ottenhöfen. Below the Vogelskopf you can look across the Rhine plain to the

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  • Difficult
    02:34
    5.20 mi
    2.0 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A heart of the national park can be explored with this varied circular route.

    

    From the Ruhestein National Park Center you hike across the pastures on the ski slope up to the Grinden on the Seekopf. There you enter Baden-Württemberg's oldest protected forest, which has not been managed for more than a

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    3.27 mi
    1.9 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular route takes you through dark forests via a part of the forest nature trail and the Herrenwieser saddle to the approximately 1000 meter high Badenerhöhe.

    

    The second highest mountain in the northern part of the national park has always been a popular destination. Cattle grazed on it until

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  • Easy
    01:19
    2.64 mi
    2.0 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the Allerheiligen monastery ruins, you hike through unspoilt mixed forests and on narrow rocky paths along the largest, natural waterfall in the northern Black Forest. The Lierbach eats its way through the granite here in Allerheiligen and falls a total of 66 meters down.

    

    The 100 meter high walls

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  • Easy
    01:20
    2.96 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the car park at the Schliffkopf Hotel, you hike on this circular route through mountain heaths and unspoilt forests. On the way, wonderful distant views open up over the blue-green Black Forest hills to the Rhine plain.

    

    The heath areas with mountain pines, blueberries and grasses that you cross are

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    8.04 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular route takes you into the quiet valley of Lake Huzenbach and up into the wild core zone of the national park. The Huzenbacher See is one of the typical cirque lakes of the northern Black Forest. You first hike into the small valley carved out by a glacier ages ago - to the lake, which is

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    40.6 mi
  • Duration
    19:39 h
  • Elevation
    6,300 ft

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