Staphorst Off The Beaten Path

  • The beautiful pond De Zwarte Dennen.
    The beautiful pond De Zwarte Dennen.
    by Jerelis
  • Don't leave anything behaind please!
    Don't leave anything behaind please!
    by Jerelis
  • Paulien is enjoying the hike.
    Paulien is enjoying the hike.
    by Jerelis

Most Recent Off The Beaten Path in Staphorst

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo

    Boswachterij Staphorst - Nature at its best.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 11, 2014
    Sam is having fun.
    4 more images

    Do you want to see birds of prey flying in the air and between the tree tops? Or do you want to get face to face with a deer? This is all very well possible in the Boswachterij Staphorst. Because it is the only forest in this area animals and flowers are attracted to it like magnets. Besides that the forest is known for its vipers, lizards, hawks, woodpeckers and foxes. We were in the Boswachterij during the day and did not see any wild animals, but did see some traces of foot prints at the ground. … the evidence that they are there!

    We had a great hike during a sunny mild winter day in January. We walked in between two ponds. On the one side we saw the De Zwarte Dennen, a pond that was dug out especially to swim in. On the other side we saw the Oude Vijver, a pond which was created by nature itself. After that we entered the woods and finally ended up via the Belevingspad at the other side of De Zwarte Dennen again. From that point it is only a small hike to the parking spot. We will be back!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo

    Boswachterij Staphorst - Belevingspad.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 11, 2014
    The kids at the entrance of the Belevingspad.
    4 more images

    The so called Belevingspad was for us this was the main reason to visit the Boswachterij Staphorst. I don’t know if there is any translation for the word “Belevingspad”, but maybe experience path comes as close as it can get. It simply means that if you take this track in the forest you will experience everything the forest has to offer. We read that you will feel, smell, taste, hear and see the woods. It was time for us to do so.

    We parked the car at the north part of the De Zwarte Dennen, the centrally located lake. We walked our way along the lake, over the Vijverweg) and ended at the southern part of the lake where the Belevingspad starts. It has a huge sign, so you simply can’t miss it. The entire track is about 1.5 kilometers long, which makes it very accessible for young kids. We took the path and walked along the so called Herriehut (hut of noise), a Kleurenpad (path of colours), a small maze made of trees and much more. On every location there was an assignment written down which gave instruction what to do and what to expect. It was very educational and great fun. A must do once you are in the Boswachterij Staphorst.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo

    Boswachterij Staphorst - Recreational center.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 11, 2014
    The beautiful pond De Zwarte Dennen.
    4 more images

    The Boswachterij Staphorst is located near the very small village of IJhorst, which is located near Meppel. IJhorst is a village in the eastern part of the Netherlands, with a population of about 1,500 people. The village and its surroundings are the recreational center of the villages of Staphorst and Meppel. This area is very popular for hiking, walking and biking through fields and forests. There are also several campsites near the river The Reest, which is a small creek that runs along IJhorst from the ice ages.

    Do keep in mind that forests are rare in the area between Zwolle and Meppel. The more valuable are the forests of the Boswachterij (forestry) Staphorst that like a magnet are attracting animals and plants. In addition, the forest has more than trees alone. It has a huge fen area, which recalls the time before the peat was won here. De Vier Bergen (the four mountains) is an area that gives a good idea how the environment looked like before the construction of the forest.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo

    The old windmill of Staphorst countryside

    by Pavlik_NL Written Mar 3, 2004
    A windmill without it's wings (a sad sight)

    Well outside the village of Staphorst, around two kilometers from the last farmhouses in the village core and Eastwards, you will find the old windmill of Staphorst. It is however a sad sight as the windmill does not have it's wings anymore. A quite good restaurant is in the farmhouse next to the windmill, using it's shape as the trademark of the place.

    Was this review helpful?

  • ATLC's Profile Photo

    STAPHORST CHURCH BELL

    by ATLC Written Feb 25, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    STAPHORST CHURCH BELL

    I don't know the history of this bell yet. But as bell ringer I intend to find out!
    It can be found outside the large Hervormde Kerk (Reformed Church).

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Staphorst

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

64 travelers online now

Comments

Staphorst Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Staphorst off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Staphorst sightseeing.

View all Staphorst hotels