The huge ancient trees are a paradise for woodpeckers. All six species native to North Rhine-Westphalia excavate their breeding cavities in the trees here, from the sparrow-sized Lesser Spotted Woodpecker to the crow-sized Black Woodpecker. After the woodpeckers have moved out, the cavities provide homes for numerous other species, such as owls, Stock Doves and forest bats.
Tips, hints and linksA leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from www.biologische-station-siegen-wittgenstein.de.
The hiking car park is also the starting point of the theme trail "Literatur in der Natur - Romantischer Hickengrund".
The nationally-known Rothaarsteig trail passes close to the Großer Stein. It links up with smaller circular trails, the so-called Rothaarsteig branch-trails, Rothaarsteig-Spuren, one of which is the "Trödelstein-Pfad" near Burbach-Lippe.
One of the activities of the local heritage society Heimatverein Holzhausen is to hold cultural and natural history events. You can obtain further information via the link.
Getting thereArriving via the A45 Autobahn (exit 24, Burbach) and driving on to Holzhausen, go straight on at the roundabout on the edge of the town, cross the L 730 with the town outskirts on your left, and take the second turning into Holzhausen. Follow the road to the right and take the second turning on the left into the street "Zum Großen Stein" towards the open-air swimming pool. Follow the street under the railway line to the car park at the edge of the forest (near the electricity substation). This is the start of the Burbach-Holzhausen hiking trail with information boards.
Address for satnavs: Zum Großen Stein 69, 57299 Burbach-Holzhausen
GPS (UTM): 32 U 438505, 5620749
Google coordinates: 50.735572, 8.127458