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Best trails in Groningen

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Trying to find the best Groningen trails? AllTrails has 55 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Lauwersoog, Groningen or Haren, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 38 easy trails in Groningen ranging from 1.3 to 29.5 miles and from -29 to 104 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Lake Loop Around Paterswoldsemeer and Frieseveense Plas
Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
The Paterswoldsemeer is a favorite recreation spot in the Netherlands. The lake is ideal for various activities, from hiking to sailing. This route takes you all the way around the Paterswoldsemeer and the Frieseveense Plas, past old farmhouses and a typical Dutch windmill. If you want to shorten the route, you can skip the Frieseveense Plas and take the bridge to cut a few kilometers. This part of the route is also excellent to do on bicycle or skates.Show more
#2 - Schildmeer Loop
Steendam, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
This trail takes you around the varied area of the lake Schildmeer. The walk offers beautiful views on the entire lake, which is a popular nesting area for birds. You cross a number of old Dutch drawbridges and pass a landscaped beach, a popular swimming spot with a restaurant.Show more
#3 - Westerbroek Loop
Westerbroek, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
As one of the last low peat bogs in Groningen, the Westerbroek area is definitely worth a visit. Horses and cows graze around the area to maintain the planting in the most natural way possible.Show more
#4 - Fort Bourtange and Canal Loop
Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
Fort Bourtange is a fortified city as you saw it in the Netherlands in the 18th century. The entire village can be visited, you can also enter a number of buildings. Much of the village is wheelchair friendly and there are disabled toilets. Dogs are allowed on a leash. A demonstration cannon shooting is given every Sunday at 3 am. Staying the night is possible inside the fort or at the nearby campground. For more information: https://www.bourtange.nl/Show more
#5 - Lauwersoog Loop
Lauwersmeer National Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
This trail takes you all the way around the village of Lauwersoog, with its 155 inhabitants a tiny village. Part of the walk goes past the harbor and the beach. There is a viewing point to watch birds.Show more
#6 - International Dollard Route: Bad Nieuweschans to Termunterzijl
Bad Nieuweschans, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 6 h 33 m
The International Dollard Route follows the Dollard River between the Netherlands and Germany. The entire route is approximately 360 kilometers and is mainly intended as a bicycle route, but (parts of) the route is also a nice walk. This stretch goes just over the Dutch border from Bad Nieuweschans to Termunterzijl, where you pass a special stretch of the Dollard river, a wide stretch that looks like a lake, and is a popular breeding ground for birds. The route is well signposted and information boards provide interesting facts about the area and nature.Show more
#7 - Groningen City Walk
Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
This city walk in Groningen shows what this age-old trading city has to offer: monumental warehouses and stately mansions on city canals and wide canals, hidden alleys, quiet medieval courtyards, imposing churches, the Groninger Museum and, of course, shops, cozy restaurants and lively bars with terraces. The walk starts and ends at Central Station.Show more
#8 - Noordpolderzijl - Lauwersoog
Usquert, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
You mainly follow the dyke Noorderdijk between Noordpolderzijl and Lauwersoog. The dyke runs through varied landscapes, and you can choose to walk on or next to the diyke. You have beautiful views of the Wadden Sea, the saltwater marshes and the birds that live there.Show more
#9 - Hondsrug: Haren - Zuidlaren
Haren, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
This trail starts at the train station in Haren and ends at a bus station in Zuidlaren. The surroundings of the Drentse Heuvelrug were inhabited early on. Proof of this are the 5000-year-old hunebeds where this walk takes you. The route is mostly on unpaved paths. You will pass the Appelbergen nature reserve with its heaths, forests and peat lakes.Show more
#10 - De Meenthe
Noordwolde, Groningen, Netherlands
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
This trail was developed in the 80s. Now the trail has been adjusted to the current situation. During the hike you see various pieces of nature, and you mainly follow forest roads. Two bits of the trail follow the main road, which is low in traffic.Show more
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