4 Forests to Explore in Drenthe

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Drenthe is a province of the Netherlands located in the northeastern part of the country. The oldest remains of settlements in Holland were found in this province: the mysterious hune beds. But Drenthe also boasts varied natural landscapes: peat swamps, heathlands, and sand drifts. In short, Drenthe is well worth a visit.

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Forests to Explore in Drenthe

Boswachterij Gieten Borger

The Boswachterij Gieten-Borger is a forestry of Staatsbosbeheer in the Dutch municipalities of Aa and Hunze and Borger-Odoorn in the province of Drenthe. The Gieten-Borger forestry is approximately 2,900 hectares and was built around 1922 as part of the job creation scheme . Before that time, a vast moorland landscape lay here . First the northern part of the forestry was constructed and then the southern part.

Boswachterij Grolloo

This is a reclamation forest on old heathlands. You will find larch and spruce, heather and fens. In this area you can enjoy cycling and walking. However, the forest is best known for the former Camp Westerbork, from which many Jews were deported during the Second World War

Dwingelderveld National Park

The Dwingelderveld is Europe's largest wet moorland area. It is covered by numerous fens and marsh flats featuring a wide variety of rare plants. The park covers about 37 km2 and is mainly managed by the State Forest Service and the most important Dutch private nature management organisation Natuurmonumenten. It is the largest wet heathland of Western-Europe. Dwingelderveld is also designated as a Natura 2000-area.


Sleenerzand is a more than 1600 ha large forest area in the province of Drenthe, located between Noord-Sleen and Schoonoord . The forests were planted in the 1930s . Many traces from the distant past can still be found, in the northern part glacial pits and in the southern part burial mounds .The recreational lake Kibbelkoele is located in the area . The Bosbad Noord-Sleen outdoor swimming pool is also located in the Sleenerzand and there is a 30 km long mountain bike route.

Map of Forests to explore in Drenthe