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Best trails in North Holland

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Trying to find the best North Holland trails? AllTrails has 228 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 Amsterdam, Overveen or Vogelenzang, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 162 easy trails in North Holland ranging from 0.6 to 66.9 miles and from -59 to 137 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Art & History Walking Tour from Amsterdam Central
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Take a walk through Amsterdam's history to learn why it remains one of the most influential cities in Europe When most people think of Amsterdam, they likely think of some of the more controversial practices and beliefs for which the liberal city is known. The Red Light District and cannabis-selling coffee shops may first come to mind. While these liberal practices make up a part of Amsterdam's character, it is first and foremost a city of history and culture. This tour starts at the Amsterdam Central Station. It takes you down the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Damrak, where you will walk through busy Dam Square and have the chance to tour the New Church and Royal Palace. Next, learn about one of Amsterdam's most famous stories, that of Anne Frank and her family, by visiting the annex where they hid for more than two years until discovered by Nazis. Learn about the key role Amsterdam played in European trade and how this small city became a central market for the western world. See where Rembrandt, one of the most famous Dutch painters, spent his life while mastering his craft and hear the sad tale about the decline of his career and how he outlived his wife and four children Finish by touring the oldest church in Amsterdam and admiring the light through the high windows. There's also plenty to see outside the central city: several world-class museums including the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of his paintings, and the all-encompassing Rijksmuseum, the Heineken Brewery, several parks and hidden canals, and the Red Light District and coffee shops for which Amsterdam has become known.Show more
#2 - Around the River IJ
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
The loop around the IJ is an exploration along the quays, bridges, locks, barges, yachts, houseboats, sheds, warehouses, terraced scaffolding, dyke houses, decaying businesses and brand new architecture. And always with the sloshing and rippling water of the IJ in the background! First you take the ferry (Buiksloterveer) for free to the other side of the river. The new EYE (movie museum) beckons for a visit, or climb the observatory tower A'dam Lookout for views over the entire city. Next through the Vogelbuurt to enjoy the silent-mysterious Vliegenbos. You walk along the beautiful Nieuwendammerdijk, with its old lock, a perfect place for lunch, and on to the old abandoned village Schellingwoude. Cross the Orange Locks and visit the wonderful Zeeburgereiland. Here you’ll have the most magnificent views on the harbor. Then into the domain of the Eastern Docklands, where the harbors are overgrown by new residential areas for families with children in buggies. The variation in architectural styles is highly worth seeing: an example of modern city planning that Vliegen and his mates would be proud of. Is the bridge therefore named after his descendant, Jan Schaefer? At the end of the bridge on the right is the landing place for huge cruise ships. Finally, the special Muziektheater with Bimhuis and a breathtaking terrace with a view on the IJ.Show more
#3 - The Muy and Slufter Loop
De Koog, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
There is no other hike that resembles the De Muy nature reserve and the De Slufter nature reserve. Here you will find steep dunes, meadows and salt marsh landscapes where you can walk for hours. The plants that grow here are salt resistant so be prepared to see lilac and purple colors in the summer. Enjoy cycling, walking, the beach and nature on your next visit to the nature reserves.Show more
#4 - Elswout - Overveen
Zuid-Kennemerland National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
This tip of the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park is surprisingly close to the city of Haarlem. The walk passes through several estates with impressive water features, winding avenues and stately beech trees. Landgoed Elswout is one of the most water-rich and beautiful estates in this part. The trees here are old, many animals live here and in spring the estate is a sea of flowers. More than 300 different mushrooms grow in the old forest. Your walk ends in the Zanderij, where you might be lucky enough to see a kingfisher.Show more
#5 - Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen Loop
Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
The Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen is a beautiful dune area near Zandvoort. The area is used for the extraction of drinking water for Amsterdam, where it gets its name. Only walking is allowed in the area to maintain the peace of nature. With a million visitors a year, the Waterleidingduinen are one of the most visited sights in the Netherlands. The area is designed to let the animals live as naturally as possible, therefore cyclists and dogs are not allowed in the dunes.Show more
#6 - Kennemerduinen Trail
Zuid-Kennemerland National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
A walk along open fields, forests and along a lake (with the possibility of swimming on a small beach). Great for children! It takes you to a beautiful lookout where you can use free binoculars to see the sea. After the lake, the hike takes you to the Brederodeberg, formerly owned by the Brederode family. The Brederode Castle ruin is nearby and this walk can easily be combined with a visit. The path is paved in most places, but extremely sandy in others, with an occasional slight climb.Show more
#7 - Bussumerheide, Westerheide and Zuiderheide Loop
Bussum, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Large moorland that is characterized by the centuries old road that this route also follows, the Nieuwe Crailoseweg. In this area you'll also come across a few 4000 year old burial mounds. The area is grazed by animals to maintain the natural balance.Show more
#8 - Naardermeer Loop
Bussum, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
In between of busy Amsterdam and Hilversum you'll find the green oasis called the Naardermeer. It's a place of nature and tranquility. The area consists of a lake with clear water, swampy forests and meadows. At the Naardermeer you can see several rare animals, such as otters or the purple heron. A viewpoint and observation hut are located along the route.Show more
#9 - 's Gravelandse Buitenplaatsen Mountainbike Route
's-Graveland, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
Cool off-road mountainbike route. Narrow path through the forest going through bridleways, bridges, hills and meadows. The route is also ideal for runners or hikers. There are many variations possible to this specific trail.Show more
#10 - Koevlak - Parnassia in the Kennemer Dunes
Zuid-Kennemerland National Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
This route through the Kennemerduinen can be started at the Koevlak parking lot or at Parnassia. The dune area is an official water extraction area. Scottish Highlanders graze loosely so that nature gets the most balanced balance possible. The walk also passes two lakes, you can swim in the lake 't Wed.Show more
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