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Schwarzbachtal - Schwarzbach Valley East of Kirchhundem-Heinsberg

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  • Schwarzbachtal
    / Schwarzbachtal
    Photo: Petra Salm, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz im Kreis Soest e.V
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Situated in the forests of the Rothaar mountain ridge, the nature reserve "Schwarzenbach System with Haberg and Krenkels Valley" is an ideal refuge for rare and shy species, including the Black Stork and the Wildcat.
moderate
7.5 km
2:00 h
149 m
149 m
The main watercourse of the reserve, the Schwarzenbach stream, is a reference water for the good ecological quality of all source streams of the River Weser catchment area. Thanks to land purchases and targeted management measures carried out by the District Authority of Olpe, the Schwarzbachtal has evolved since the mid-1980s from a dark valley covered with spruce plantations into a colourful mosaic of rare forest and open-land habitats. These include Sphagnum-Alder swamp forests, mountain-slope spring moors and species-rich wet meadows.

One of the most important components of the nature reserve is the "Rüsper Forest", a 61.4-hectare pocket of natural forest, with its 100-year-old stands of Downy Birch and Black Alder, as well as more than 200-year-old Beech trees. One of the characteristic species of the nature reserve is the Monkshood, a blue aconite whose blooms are mainly to be seen along the lower reaches of the Schwarzbach stream in July and August. In May the numerous white fruit tufts of Hare's-tail Cottongrass shine in the mosaic of Purple Moorgrass meadows and sedge moors which cover the floor of the valley floodplain. The clear stream waters hold Brown Trout, Brook Lampreys and Bullheads. In the vicinity of the destroyed railway bridge you have a good chance of seeing a Dipper or a Kingfisher.

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Author
Petra Salm
Updated: September 14, 2016

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
628 m
Lowest point
482 m
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Tips, hints and links

The listed monument tower, the Rhein-Weser-Turm, offers a fantastic view over large parts of the Rothaargebirge mountains.

Start

car parks at the "Heinsberger Weidekamp" hut and at the "Hochheide" rest area. (612 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
51.042220, 8.174126
UTM
32U 442101 5654844

Destination

car parks at the "Heinsberger Weidekamp" hut and at the "Hochheide" rest area.

Turn-by-turn directions

The 7.4 km long circular trail is consistently marked as A 4 and consists of well-constructed forest paths. In the area of the Heinsberger Heide the path is asphalted and almost flat, so that this part of the protected area can be experienced even by people with limited mobility. The "Rothaarsteig", one of Germany's most important long-distance hiking trails, crosses the reserve.

Getting there

You reach Heinsberg on the L713 road from Kirchhundem or Hilchenbach. In Heinsberg, turn into the street called "Bergstraße", which leads to the car park.

GPS (UTM): 32 U 442662, 5654304

Google coordinates: 51.037313, 8.182342

Parking

From Kirchhundem-Heinsberg a steep side road leads to the car parks at the "Heinsberger Weidekamp" hut and at the "Hochheide" rest area.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Katrin Hilker
August 26, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöner Weg. Leider ein ganzes Stück Asphalt, aber trotzdem lohnenswert.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.5 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
149 m
Descent
149 m
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