Winding paths, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls await you on the Gorge Trail in the south of Germany’s Black Forest. Over six stages, you will explore rocky canyons and hike to scenic heights that will whisk you away from the stresses of everyday life. After a long day of hiking, you can rest in scenic villages and peaceful towns or in one of the adventurous trekking camps and bases. Experience the Black Forest at its most idyllic.
The 74-mile (119-km) Gorge Trail runs through the southern Black Forest from the town of Stühlingen to Wehr. Along with the beautiful nature in this protected forest, you will also visit many cultural highlights. On the first stage, you follow the well-known tracks of the Sauschwaenzlebahn steam engine training. Stage 2 takes you between steep rock faces and through the jungle-like Wutach Gorge before stopping for the night in a traditional mill. On stage 3, you hike along a wonderful river valley, following the water through the Haslach Gorge. Your fourth day takes you up to 3,720 feet (1,134 m) as you climb the Bildstein, enjoying spectacular views from the top. You follow the River Wehra on stage 5 and finally, stage 6 takes you to the glistening Wehra Reservoir before arriving at the finish line in the town of Wehr.
You can reach the starting point in Stühlingen with bus 7338 from Waldesruh train station. There is also a large bus station in Wehr. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are required, especially on the first three stages through the Wutach Gorge. Each stage destination has a good range of accommodation, but it is a good idea to book in advance. If you don’t want to hike the entire trail in one go, you can just hike a part of it. The towns are well-connected by buses. For bus timetables, visit: wtv-online.de/fahrplaene/nach-linie.
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Last updated: November 21, 2021
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The official starting point of the Schluchtensteig is at the Catholic Church in Stühlingen - if you arrive by train, you simply start from the train station. You cross the train tracks and follow the course of the deep blue Wutach. At the wheat station, the terminus of the historic Sauschwänzlebahn…
The second day starts with a highlight: on the western outskirts of Blumberg, the Schluchtensteig leads you to the picturesque Schleifenbach waterfalls. Surrounded by beautiful forest, the water rushes down in three steps and you can use a ladder to get directly to the banks of the Schleifenbach. From…
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The third stage also impresses with its wonderful nature and idyllic floodplains: you can rest and refresh yourself from the shadow mill from the course of the Wutach towards the west. From the remains of the Räberschlössle ruins, which lie on a rock 80 meters high, you can enjoy a great view of the…
From the enchanting Fischbach, the fourth stage of the Schluchtensteig leads you to the Bildstein, which is one of the best panoramic mountains in the Black Forest with a height of 1,134 meters. From there the Schluchtensteig runs down to the shimmering Schluchsee. Accompanied by sailing boats, you follow…
At the beginning of the fifth stage, you hike from St. Blasien to the Luisenruhe viewpoint. You enjoy an impressive view back over St. Blasien and follow the path through the fairytale forest to the summit of the Lehenkopf. From the wooden lookout tower, which marks the highest point of the 1,039 meter…
The last stage of the Schluchtensteig starts in Todtmoos. Past the spa gardens, you head south into the shady forest. Soon you will reach the idyllic district of Schwarzenbach with its traditional courtyards - Black Forest idyll as it is in the book.
Above the Wehra you hike through the beautiful nature…
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