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Best trails in De Alde Feanen National Park

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Explore the most popular trails in De Alde Feanen National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

De Alde Feanen National Park terrain is made up of morasses, lakes, forests, peat and meadows. In the area at least 450 plant species and 100 bird species can be found. A very prominent bird is the white stork (Ciconia ciconia). Tall wooden poles have been installed so that the storks can build nests. Another attraction is provided by Shetland ponies. Some of the paddocks can be entered so that ponies can be petted by visitors.

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Map of trails in De Alde Feanen National Park
Park information
Area:
4,000 hectares
Contact
+31 511 539618
Top trails (2)
#1 - De Alde Feanen Circulaire
De Alde Feanen National Park
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Length: 15.4 km • Est. 4 h 12 m
Note: The ferry does not run during the winter season, so you must take a detour at the waypoints on the map. The Alde Feanen is a contiguous low peat bog complex with a total surface area of around 2500 hectares, of which more than 1500 hectares are owned and managed by It Fryske Gea. The area consists mainly of lakes, peat lakes, petholes, reed lands, scarce lands, roughlands, thickets and swamp forests. There are also trilvenes, peat moss cane lands, blue grass lands and dotterland haylands. The latter types of landscape are rare from a national perspective and are threatened in their survival. Low peat bogs are counted among the richest and most varied nature reserves in North-West Europe. The variety of species of plants and animals is particularly large, as is also the case in De Alde Feanen. There are about 450 different plant species in De Alde Feanen. That is more than half of all plant species occurring in Fryslân. Due to its location and variation, De Alde Feanen is enormously important for water, marsh and meadow birds. Many birds breed in the summer half year. More than 100 species have been observed so far. The wet area is an indispensable stopping place for numerous migrants and winter guests. Characteristic of De Alde Feanen are the wide ponds and the intimate waterways and passages. Almost all waters bear witness to the past dyeing activities; in some watercourses you can still recognize the situation prior to painting. The face of De Alde Feanen is largely determined by reed land. Most are mowed annually.Show more
#2 - Schaatsen op het Jan Durkspolder
De Alde Feanen National Park
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Length: 6.1 km
Please note: this is not a hiking trail. This is an Ice skating route on a frozen lake. The lake Jan Durkspolder is frozen from around the month of December till February. There are also many other activities you can enjoy when the lake is not frozen, like kayaking, swimming and sailing.Show more