Step into a world of drifting dunes, coniferous forests, fallow deer and wild horses. The Oranjezon nature reserve is a remarkable place.
Whether you're an adventurous hiker, a quiet nature lover, or a young family, this Collection offers something for everyone. With four unique routes – the Parnassia Route, Forest Route, Tower Route, and Damhert Route -– we bring you closer to the natural treasures of Oranjezon.
The Parnassia Route leads through the eastern part of Oranjezon, past dunes, sea buckthorn and thickets. Admire the unusual plants, such as the star-shaped grass of Parnassus, which thrives in the damp dune valleys. Listen out for the song of the nightingale and woodlark. Along the way, you may spot the grazing herds of Konik horses and fallow deer.
The Forest Route takes you through the lush coniferous forest, where you can enjoy the cooling shade on hot summer days and the beautiful display of colours during autumn. Stop at Kaalkopplas, a freshwater lake where little grebes nest and many bird species come to drink. Listen to the song of the chaffinch and the distinctive knock of the great spotted woodpecker.
For families with children, the Tower Route is an absolute must. This route is specially designed with young adventurers in mind. This short walking route takes them along the infiltration channel and through the coniferous forest. The children can enjoy climbing and scrambling in the climbing trees at the end of the walk.
The Damhert Route is the longest route through Oranjezon and takes you past all the area’s unique landscapes. Explore the infiltration channels , listen to the woodpeckers in the coniferous forest, enjoy the song of the woodlarks in the open dunes and discover the wet dune valleys bursting with life.
The walks in this Collection are between 2.5 and 6.5 kilometres (1.5 and 4 mi) long, making them suitable for all abilities. Wear sturdy walking shoes and always respect the fragile ecosystems along the way.
All walks start at the place – Koningin Emmaweg 22. Here, you’ll find an information board with details about the area and the various highlights en route. You can arrive on foot or by bicycle. Convenient free bicycle parking is available. If you come by car, you can park, for a fee, in the public parking lot at Koningin Emmaweg 26. The start of the trail is less than a ten-minute walk from there.
Useful info about entrance to the Oranjezon Nature Reserve:
- Entrance is free for children under 16.
- Holders of a donor's pass of Het Zeeuwse Landschap get free entrance for 2 adults – just show your pass.
- Other visitors: €1 per person. Tickets are available at the ticket machine at the entrance.
Welcome to the Bosroute of the Oranjezon nature reserve. As the name suggests, this route takes you largely through the wooded part of this landscape. Whether it's a warm summer day or a stormy fall day, this walk is beautiful in all seasons.
In the middle of the coniferous forest you will pass the Kaalkopplas…
The Tower Route is the ideal walking route for families with children, because it is the shortest route through Oranjezon. Please note: the observation tower no longer exists since September 2020.
This route takes you along the infiltration channel, which recalls the history of Oranjezon as a water extraction…
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Get ready for an adventurous and varied walk along the Damhertroute. At 6.5 kilometers, this is the longest and most varied route through the Oranjezon nature reserve.
This route introduces you to all the characteristic landscape elements of this area. From the infiltration channels with their colorful…
Welcome to the Parnassia route, located in the eastern part of the beautiful Oranjezon nature reserve.
This walk takes you through an open, wide landscape, where dunes with sea buckthorn, shifting dunes, thickets and wet dune valleys alternate. The area is bursting with life. Discover the special flora…
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