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Best trails in Palatinate Forest Nature Park

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Looking for a great trail in Palatinate Forest Nature Park, Rhineland-Palatinate? AllTrails has 54 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. Ready for some activity? There are 44 moderate trails in Palatinate Forest Nature Park ranging from 2.9 to 27 miles and from 390 to 2,034 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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The Palatinate Forest Nature Park covers an area of 179,800 hectares in the south of Rhineland-Palatinate, where it borders on France. It is the German part of the cross-border Palatinate Forest-Northern Vosges biosphere reserve. The red sandstone rocks are particularly striking for the landscape of the nature park. In addition, 76% of the nature park is covered with forest, making it the largest contiguous forest area in Germany. Most of them are pines, which get along well with the nutrient-poor sandy soils. The nature park also has a lot to offer culturally. The many castles and castle ruins in the area suggest that this region was once one of the major strongholds of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. Particularly noteworthy are the Trifels imperial fortress, the Berwartstein visitor castle and the Hambach Castle.

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Top trails (54)
#1 - Dahn Rock Path
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
This premium hiking trail offers a lot of variety. From breathtaking panoramas, through winding paths, to bizarre rock formations, you will not be bored on this hike. Those who set off should be relatively sure-footed, but it will definitely be worthwhile. On mostly newly created, narrow tracks opens up over 12 kilometers of interesting and ever new rock formations. Already at the beginning of the hike, it becomes clear that this route has a lot to offer when standing on soft ground in the light-flooded forest and absorbing the Mediterranean atmosphere. The circular route starts at a parking lot at the sports park near Dahn. From here it first goes through the forest in the direction of Schiller rock massif, where a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of the poet waits. The next steep ascent is rewarded with a great view at the top before continuing towards Schwalbenfelsen and Felsen-Arena. It is best to follow the trail marker "Black Rock on an orange background".Show more
#2 - Dahner Rundwanderweg
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 6 h 15 m
This route is a certified premium hiking trail that leads through the typical scenic and cultural-historical facets of the Dahn Rockland. You walk on idyllic paths past sandstone formations, castles and viewpoints. Bubbling streams and small ponds are also on the track and provide variety. Thanks to the local, well-signposted walking guidance system, the route can be divided into small stages.Show more
#3 - Napoleon Trail
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
#4 - Weisenheim, Krumbach, and Ungeheuersee
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
#5 - Hochspeyer auf dem Mönchsweg
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
However, the path is very nice to walk and you are constantly encouraged with surprises. The woodwork, stone columns and the worked stone slabs are worth seeing.Show more
#6 - Leinsweiler Neukastell
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
#7 - Spirkelbacher Höllen Tour
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
#8 - Annweiler Castle Path
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
This route is a certified premium hiking trail. The short lap gets a surprisingly good deal. Spectacular rock formations with castles and ruins are waiting for you. A quick detour to the imperial stronghold of Trifels is highly recommended. However, a lot of condition is required here.Show more
#9 - Erfenstein Drei Burgenweg
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
#10 - Bänkeltour zum Ungeheuersee
Palatinate Forest Nature Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Very family-friendly hiking route that leads across the Bänkelweg to the Ungeheuersee. The route is characterized by a few but pleasant slopes, beautiful forest passages and not to forget the numerous "Bänkel" which invite you to rest and linger.Show more
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