Nature Trails in the Black Forest National Park

Hiking Collection by Nationalpark Schwarzwald

Deep green forests, rushing waterfalls, bizarre rock formations - on a short walk, a bike trip or a cross-country skiing tour you can explore and enjoy the wild beauties of the Black Forest at your own pace. In the area of the national park you will find a variety of signposted paths, adventure trails and in winter also cross-country ski runs and snowshoe trails. Help to preserve the magic of nature and protect animals and plants by following the rules.

Walking is perhaps the most intense way to experience the nature of the National Park. In the slowness of your own steps, the magic of the forest unfolds through its details. If you walk through the Black Forest with open eyes, you can discover many small wonders along the way.

The adventure trails are among the most popular trails in the Black Forest National Park. And not without reason: Because on these three trails, visitors are offered a very special nature experience. Each of the paths is dedicated to a specific theme and is characterised by a particularly attractive route.

You can find all the information about fauna and flora in the National Park at nationalpark-schwarzwald.de

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    01:15
    2.83 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Individual lynxes roam the Black Forest again and again. So far, they have not settled here, but if you want to get to know the big cat on quiet paws, you can follow its tracks on the lynx path.It starts with a lot of information in the Luchshütte. At the start you can also hear its call - the perfect way to get in the right mood for the five-kilometer route. Past
    at many adventure stations you hike through forests where the lynx would feel comfortable. Children can
    Experience how lynxes sneak, jump, peek and hear. Halfway there is a snack area surrounded by high beech trees.

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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 criss-cross trunks and large root plates.

    In 1999 the hurricane "Lothar" knocked over a large part of the 150 year old trees on the Plättig. Here you can watch how the forest has developed freely and new life has sprung up everywhere. It goes over thick trunks - and sometimes under it.
    The eagle's nest offers the most beautiful opportunity for a break: You can relax and experience the world from above in a relaxed manner in the wooden nest. Just one of many adventures on this path that is particularly suitable for families with older children.

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  • Easy
    00:14
    0.54 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, hurricane "Lothar" plowed a deep swath through the forest on the peaks of the northern Black Forest. On the Lothar path you can experience how nature develops after a storm without human intervention and with what strength new forest is created. Many insects and fungi found new habitats in the deadwood, young trees grow wildly high.The adventure path leads over footbridges, ladders and stairs. A viewing platform offers distant views of the ridges of the northern Black Forest and the valley. National park staff regularly offer tours along this path.

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    Intermediate
    03:13
    7.15 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the hike through the Tonbachtal, meadows and pastures alternate with unspoilt forests.From the large parking lot in Tonbach, the path leads across the quiet valley. Some of the narrow paths take you to the deer enclosure, which encompasses the floodplains on both sides of the stream with the adjacent slopes.There you can see deer in their natural habitat. At the edge of the enclosure you will see a wooden hut for feeding the deer, which the national park team built in a classic half-timbered style. A ranger station can be found at the turning point of the tour.
    TIP: The valley is particularly calm in the morning hours and nature can be enjoyed with all your senses.

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    Intermediate
    02:58
    5.84 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 through meadows and forests from the Ruhestein National Park Center. A detour to Brennter Schrofen from Bosensteiner Eck is worthwhile, from where there are views of the spa town of Ottenhöfen. Below the Vogelskopf, you can look across the Rhine plain to the Vosges. Later the Hornisgrinde appears in the distance.Karlsruhe ridge variant: If you want to discover the most demanding hiking area in the Black Forest, you can hike from Gasthof Bosenstein to the Karlsruhe ridge. This beautiful via ferrata in the northern Black Forest over the rocky ridge should only be climbed by people with a head for heights with good shoes.Alternatively, the easier neighboring path to the Ottenhöfen train station is available. Here you can walk past other beautiful viewpoints and interesting rock formations.
    In summer, a bus runs from the train station back to the Ruhestein National Park Center.

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    Difficult
    02:33
    5.21 mi
    2.0 mph
    825 ft
    825 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 over the pastures on the ski slope up to the Grinden on the Seekopf. There you will enter Baden-Württemberg's oldest spell forest, which has not been managed for more than a hundred years and is now part of the core area of the national park.The "Wilde See" lies like a dark eye embedded in the wide and calm Schönmünztal. Pristine tree shapes give an idea of where the other national park forests could develop. A broad path with beautiful views of the Rhine valley leads back to the National Park Center.
    This tour is also regularly offered by the National Park staff as a guide.

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    Intermediate
    02:00
    4.09 mi
    2.0 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular route takes you through dark forests through part of the forest nature trail and the Herrenwieser Sattel to the Badener Höhe, which is around 1,000 meters high.The second highest mountain in the northern part of the national park has always been a popular destination. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was grazed with cattle. In 1999, hurricane "Lothar" also deforested larger areas. So
    areas and heaths rich in deadwood were created, in the Black Forest they are called Grinden (high German: bald).
    When the weather is clear, you can enjoy a wide view from the observation tower over a sea of trees, with a little luck even to the Vosges.

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    Intermediate
    01:19
    2.63 mi
    2.0 mph
    500 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the Allerheiligen monastery ruin you hike through unspoilt mixed forests and on narrow rock paths along the largest, natural waterfall in the northern Black Forest. The Lierbach eats its way through granite in All Saints' Day and falls a total of 66 meters.The gorge's 100-meter-high walls glow deep green from the moist, shiny moss. There are many legends surrounding the ruins of the monastery and the unspoilt mountain forest of the gorge slope, some of which you can find out along the way.
    There is a clear view through the gorge from the angel's pulpit above the waterfalls.
    Finally, a wider path leads back to the monastery courtyard via many steps. The last section of the upper gorge is also accessible with a stroller. The national park team regularly offers guided hikes along the waterfalls.

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    Intermediate
    01:20
    2.97 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the parking lot at the Schliffkopf Hotel you hike on this circular route through mountain heaths and unspoilt forests. On the way there are wonderful distant views over the blue-green Black Forest hills to the Rhine valley.The heathland with mountain pines, blueberries and grasses that you cross is called Grinden in the Black Forest. They are a special feature of the Black Forest National Park and an important habitat for many rare species such as capercaillie, tree pipit, alpine mountain grasshopper or adder.On the summit of the Schliffkopf, at 1000 meters, you can experience this special landscape particularly well - very atmospheric even at dusk.

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    Intermediate
    04:03
    8.21 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 the Huzenbacher See and up into the wild core zone of the national park. The Huzenbacher See is one of the typical cirque lakes in the northern Black Forest. You first hike into the small valley that was carved out by a glacier in ancient times - to the lake, which is surrounded by a steep Karwand. From there it goes up the steep slope, with many beautiful views. Here you cross the core zone of the national park, where nature can go wild again. Then it goes through the Tobelwald back to
    Parking lot for hikers.
    There are no places to stop for a break on the tour. A rucksack should therefore be packed.
    TIP: During the pond rose bloom in May and June, the lake shines particularly impressively.
    Variant Schönmünzach: If you want to travel by bus and train and plan a day tour, you can alternatively from
    Schönmünzach station over the Seensteig in the direction of the parking lot and from there hike on to the lake.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    41.8 mi
  • Duration
    20:07 h
  • Elevation
    6,350 ft

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