Just imagine: Hearing the sound of crunching leaves under your feet, seeing the amazing red and yellow colours and feeling warm and cosy in your thick jacket. What’s not to love about autumn? So are you still in search for the best autumn hikes in The Netherlands? Quickly read on to find out where to go this season.
1. NATIONAL PARK UTRECHTSE HEUVELRUG
In the middle of The Netherlands is national park Utrechtse Heuvelrug. This park is the largest forest area after national park the Veluwe. Forest areas are the best areas to wander around during fall season, because all the trees will be transformed into beautiful colours.
The Kaapse Bossen is the area we advise you to visit during this wonderful season. There is a watchtower from where you have amazing views at the large forest where you can wander easily. And on top of that it is an area full of natural beauty and cultural history.
2. BEST AUTUMN HIKES IN THE NETHERLANDS ARE LAARZENPADEN
Laarzen- what? Roughly translated laatzenpaden are hiking trails made for wearing boots. The best autumn hikes in The Netherlands are the ones that are a little bit wet, muddy and fun to play around. Because autumn season in The Netherlands also means a lot of rain. Nothing beats jumping and stomping in puddles during fall season!
One of the Laarzenpaden that is a recommendation is the one at Naardermeer. It is a fun and adventurous route, where you can choose the length of your trail.
Curious about Laarzenpaden in your area? Just google Laarzenpad + the area you want to go and you’ll find tons of trails.
3. NATIONAL PARK VELUWE
The better question to ask here is: “When is Veluwe national park not breathtakingly beautiful?“.
There is one area at the Veluwe in particular that is a must visit during the fall season, namely the Leuvenumse bossen. There are multiple places you can start your hike. But if you want to combine your autumn hike with a cup of hot chocolate the restaurant Het Roode koper is the place to be.
From this restaurant there are multiple hiking trails starting and you can extend your hike as much as you like. You have a huge chance of seeing wildlife like red deer, the kingfisher and wild hogs. If you fancy a long hike, you can also hike to the sand drift named Hulshorsterzand. In short, Veluwe is the place to be to be amazed by the nature in The Netherlands.
4. NATIONAL PARK DWINGELDERVELD IS A MUST VISIT FOR AUTUMN HIKES IN THE NETHERLANDS
Dwingelderveld National Park is the largest wet heathland area in Western Europe. This nature reserve park varies in landscapes constantly: forests, areas with heather, shifting sand and wet areas will surprise you during your hike.
Another fun and interesting place to visit while hiking this pretty national park is to go to the Dwingeloo radio telescope. It is a historic monument, because when it opened in 1956, it was the largest radio telescope in the world. So definitely make this little detour during your autumn hike in this National Park.
The best place to start your hike at Dwingelderveld National Park is to go to the visitor centre.
5. HIKE WITH A GUIDE TO FIND THE COOLEST MUSHROOMS
Mushrooms are in all different shapes, colours and sizes. Sometimes they are even a bit alien-like. The strangest looking ones are edible. But be careful! Never harvest without knowing which mushrooms you can eat or even touch. So, it is wisely and a lot of fun to hike with a guide who has all the knowledge about harvesting in the wild.
Recommendation for a guide is Elsje Bruijnensteijn. She organises edible harvest hikes all year round and even tells you delicious meals you can prepare with your harvest.
6. WATERLOOPBOS, FLEVOLAND
We all know that the best conditions for fungi to grow is wet soil ground. For those conditions the Waterloopbos, Flevoland, is the place to be. This historical forest area is a National Monument, because it is an open-air laboratory. Hundreds of studies have been conducted here into the behaviour of water. You will find remnants of research about waterworks from all over the world. Nowadays this laboratory is a ruin taken over by nature.
This is a fun and educational hike, especially for children, since it is such a short hike.
Are you inspired already to go outdoors this autumn? Let us know in the comments what your plans are!