Pure flow and endless trails — biking in the North Spessart
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The Spessart Nature Park is Germany's largest contiguous deciduous forest area and a distinctive, marked trail network - partly built by the locals - makes this a true paradise for mountain bikers. Complete with narrow alleys and romantic half-timbered houses, lush meadows, and high mountain summits, the Spessart is a real jewel and an incredibly beautiful idyll in the middle of Germany.
In this Collection, we present seven awesome rides in the North Spessart around Bad Orb. The small spa town, famous for its brine springs, is a perfect starting point for your next mtb adventure—and the perfect place to sample some serious culinary highlights. As soon as you hop on your bike, you are in the middle of a trail paradise, with the main Highlights being the new "Flowtrail" network just outside the town. Here, beginners and experienced bikers alike can have fun and let off some steam—the perfect place to learn a new trick or two, or to polish your pre-existing bike skills.
Each ride presented here is doable for riders of all fitness levels and abilities. Here, in the Spessart, basking in the spectacle of the beautiful mountain surroundings is priority number one—technically demanding mountain biking comes second.
This beautiful tour takes you from Bad Orb through the Kinzig valley to the west in the Büdinger Wald, where you can expect extensive forest areas and wonderful views. After curling up along the Kinzig, it goes straight up a long climb up to the high plateau, from where you have a great view of the Kinzig Valley, which is particularly impressive in the early morning or at sunset.This tour takes you through wonderful nature and is just right for enjoying. Technically, it is rather simple and really feasible for everyone. Forest roads, easy singletrack and repeatedly paved passages alternate, the distance is still a small challenge.Finally you will be rewarded again. You can admire the picturesque old town in Gelnhausen and fortify yourself, you can jump into the Kinzig and cool yourself in it or you can take a special attraction with you: the milk hut just before Bad Orb. Here is the direct sale of a farmer who offers fresh, untreated milk and dairy products (including delicious ice cream). That's a great graduation, because you know: Milk makes tired men (women, of course) awake!
This tour takes you along beautiful streams and idyllic wetlands east out of Bad Orb. Along the hazel you reach the end of the Bad Orber Flow Trail at "half mountain height", which you briefly brush to get an impression of it. If you like that, there's nothing wrong with scouting the rest of the Flowtrail network.It continues: After about 15 kilometers, the first opportunity for a break. How about a (second) breakfast in the idyllic Schafhof Café? Now follows a relaxed passage along the Jossa, which will take you over easy to driving ways to the source of the liquid, which is located in the middle of Lettgenbrunn.Pedal once more: with moderate incline, head up to the Bieber Höhe, which marks the highest point of the tour. From now on it goes on beautiful paths and a great trail along an idyllic wetland back to Bad Orb.Overall, this tour is easy and can be done by anyone. If you fancy more trails, you can let off steam on the Flow Trail.
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Today, you're walking pretty much every hill and mountain around Bad Orb: the Eisenberg, the Großer Kuppe, the Haselberg, the Markberg, the Rosskopf and the Wintersberg. That may sound wild, but in reality this round is quite tame. Because as I said: she just brushes the mountains. Actually, she somehow meanders through. The result is a winding, flowing tour that you can easily forget with normal fitness.Speaking of flow: The Bad Orber Flowtrail is the highlight of this round. It meanders down the hazel valley in the finest singletrack fashion and is guaranteed to be so much fun that you would like to ride it again. If you still have power and time, but there really is nothing against it. Incidentally, there are two more lines here, which it is also worth checking out.If you have enough geflowed, the route leads back to Bad Orb and at least as relaxed as before. And because it fits so well, we have set a special highlight at the end of the tour, which spits you right at the impressive graduation of Bad Orb. Here you can inhale a bit the healthy salt air and let the day fade away. A tour like a cure - that's fine!
This nearly 40-kilometer long circuit northeast of Bad Orb has a lot of nice ups and downs to offer and is technically a bit more demanding, as time and again a nice trail loosens the gravel and forest trails. This time the tour starts without "Vorgeplänkel" on the Orb directly on the Münsterberg, which offers you for the first time a great view of the Kinzig Valley.On the drive through the idyllic Hirschbachtal past the Hirschborn Ponds, you have time to breathe again before the thickest lump of the tour awaits you: over a historic trade route, the "donkey trail" pushes you up to Alsberg - we must mention that the view from up here is the madness? There is not much in the smallest but highest situated district of Bad Soden - after all, a restaurant could serve as a refreshment, while you probably can not do much with the golf course up here. For the cream cover in terms of view, we have built the Seidenröther waiting in the round - from this vantage point you can look particularly far into the beautiful Spessart.The return journey will be fun - after all, you have collected a few meters of "swing". The highlight is the "Canyon", a beautiful trail that leads down to Bad Soden. Once again over the Münsterberg and you're back in Bad Orb.
This tour is short but quite sporty. It leads mostly on field, forest trails and singletrack, which ensures a lot of bike fun. You start in Bad Orb, for the first time quite loosely through the idyllic Haseltal. If you are already here after a break: The Jagdhaus Haselruhe pours coffee from fresh dehydrated water.Continue up to the donkey trail, the old trade route where the salt was once transported from Bad Orb - of course donkeys. Today you can enjoy the beautiful mountain trail through the Spessart on the bike. After a while on the donkey trail you have the option to extend your tour by a few miles and garnish with proper flow. Because you pass the start of one of the Bad Orber Flowtrails. The "DonBosco" Trail is not difficult but fun and adds 3.7 kilometers to your tour (one-way).At the end of the tour, it goes up again. The Horstberg is with 541 meters high point of the round - in the truest sense of the word. From now on it goes downhill. What is on the bike with a lot of fun. Enjoy the last few kilometers before rolling back in content at the starting point in Bad Orb.
This tour is a bit longer, but overall easy, as it mainly uses easy to drive dirt roads and singletrack and has relatively little altitude. Nevertheless, she starts first with a few neat climbs. Let's go directly to the Molkenberg. This is the "local mountain" of Bad Orb, on which stands the landmark of the city, the Wartturm. The view from up here is so impressive that you should not miss it, and after that you're definitely warm.It continues: High after Beilstein it is time again to destroy some altitude, then the enjoyment part of this tour begins. First you drive a little along the ridge and enjoy the wonderful view over the Spessart. Then it's down to the valley of Fella and through Sinntal. All good things come in threes, that's why the Jossatal follows. The drive along these rivers is really to enjoy. The landscape is incredibly beautiful, the rivers rippling refreshingly and you do not even have to exert yourself beyond measure, because the route always follows the course of the river, which brings a barely noticeable incline.After about 20 kilometers of pure enjoyment it will be even more exhausting. Once again it goes uphill until you cross the Spessart-Höhenstraße. From there you can fully enjoy the last few kilometers through the Haseltal valley back to Bad Orb.
This tour connects through beautiful trails distinctive historical points of the Spessartwaldes around Bad Orb. There was a lot going on during the Second World War. There was a military training area, several bunkers, a main camp for prisoners of war and a Seilzugbahn for the transport of building materials and war materials. Many relics from this time line this tour, even if they are no longer in the foreground today.Much more obvious are the beautiful trails that you can find here today. Often it is just beautiful forest trails that lead you through the beautiful nature of the Spessart. Often it is also really fun singletrack, which also require a bit of driving technology (but never overwhelming) and which conjure up a wide grin especially in the face. Of course, the highlight is the "DonBosco" flow trail, which leads from Hundeburgstein to the crossroads and flows directly into the Haseltal Trail. Flowtrail fun at its best!At the Schullandheim Wegscheide is again a little history lesson - if you like. An information center commemorates the dark past and at the same time shows how beautiful it is today. Being thankful for that certainly does not hurt. In this sense, the descent back to Bad Orb makes twice as much fun.