Hike in one of the best areas Belgium has to offer!

Belgium is not a hiking paradise, but the High Fens are definitely worth a trip if you're in the neighbourhood.

To get there, drive towards the school in Xhoffraix (coordinates: 50.456189 N 6.067425 E). There are some parking spots here (free). The hike starts from the parking (leave the school to your left side) and the hike is marked with a green diamond shape. The whole trail is signposted, so easy to follow!

It's a long loop hike (approximately 4h-4h30) where you cross valleys and "mountain" (Belgian standards) ridges and walk mostly in forested area. In addition, you have views on the Reinhardstein castle from some open spots. The hike is easy to intermediate and both dog- and family-friendly, but don't underestimate some of the climbs and descents. If you're lucky, you might even spot some wildlife (we saw some deer). 

Relax and cool down afterwards with a nice Belgian beer of choice. 

PS: in the vicinity there are plenty of other hikes (all signposted with different marks) and the Baraque Michel, one of the highest tops in Belgium (only 674m though).  

Pack List

  • Enough water
  • Enough food/snacks 
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Appropriate clothes (depending on the weather, layers are always a good idea)
  • Camera (some of the views are really great)
  • Optional: trekking poles/hiking staffs (we didn't bring them and didn't really miss them)
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RT Distance 8.7 Miles
Elevation Gain 1197.5 Feet
Activities Chillin, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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