Limburg, Flanders' greenest province, is fantastic for walking. From the fruit region in the south to the sandy soils in the north,... Put on your hiking boots and explore nature!
The Voer region
We start with an unprecedented green gem: the rolling Voer region. In this peaceful countryside containing numerous monuments, you walk from one panorama to another. Here and there, you pass a picturesque village with its typical half-timbered houses. The entire hiking network is 125 km long. Enough to keep you busy for a while, right?
During spring, when Haspengouw turns into a sea of blossoms, the region is extremely popular with hikers. But also in the other seasons you can enjoy the fruity landscape via the Greenspot walks that take you through orchards, valley areas, fields, over hills and along sunken roads.
The Hoge Kempen National Park
Shall we throw some numbers? More than 12000 ha of forests and purple heather meadows, about 80 hiking loops, more than 220 km of hiking trails, 6 entrance gates where you can start your journey, and ... the one and only national park in Belgium. Grease your legs and hit the trail in The Hoge Kempen National Park.
The De Wijers nature reserve is a large pond area that extends from Genk and Diepenbeek all the way to Lummen. This 'land of 1001 ponds' is particularly valuable and is home to some rare animal species, such as the bittern and the tree frog. Make sure not to forget your binoculars.
In the east of our province, the border with Dutch Limburg is defined by the Meuse river for 40 km. The river landscape is very diverse and mainly flat. This way you can walk at an intense pace while still doing lots of kilometers and cross the border to the Netherlands. On the banks of the river, you can observe the semi-wild Konik horses and Galloway cattle.
In the Duinengordel nature reserve where heather, forest, and dunes alternate, you can train your calf muscles while working your way up through the loose sand and walking to the top of the Oudsberg, Flanders' highest land dune. Luckily, there are also less steep parts to regain your breath.
Sometimes you shouldn't make it harder than it is. The name Bosland stands for forest country. More than 400 km of hiking pleasure through deciduous forests and coniferous forests. Via the hiking trail network, you can map out your own walking trip or choose an existing loop.
GrensPark Kempen~Broek is a cross-border nature reserve that consists of a mosaic of swamps and fens, meadows, and fields. The walking trails take you across the border into the Netherlands. As the soil is pretty humid, sturdy hiking boots are no unnecessary luxury.