In the Footsteps of Rafting

For centuries, rafters have driven their tree trunks downstream on the Kinzig towards the Rhine. With the triumph of the railway, this ancient craft disappeared – but the memory of rafting in the Black Forest lives on. This exciting story can be experienced on the 32 km long rafting trail in the Kinzig Valley. Between Lossburg and Wolfach, hikers go in one of the most beautiful Black Forest valleys in search of traces – during geocaching. The rafting trail can also be experienced by audio guide: rafter Johann Staiger reports on the hard everyday life on the raft, his son Uli, who accompanies his father down the Kinzig, describes the journey from his point of view – and especially for children. If you take good care of the tour, you will get a real rafting diploma. You can download the diploma flyers for the individual sections here. Would you rather have something in your hand? Then order the flyers by post.

The rafting trail in the Kinzigtal is divided into four sections, which are continuously signposted with information boards about the rafting.

  • Lossburg-Alpirsbach (10 km)
  • Alpirsbach-Schenkenzell (6 km)
  • Schenkenzell-Schiltach (4 km)
  • Schiltach-Wolfach (12 km)

Between Halbmeil and Wolfach (5 km) the rafting path is barrier-free. A distance can be easily covered by train, thanks to the barrier-free railway stops in Wolfach and Halbmeil. More information about the rafting path can be found here. The exact route can be found with one click in our tour portal:

Make your rafting diploma

Did you pay close attention on the rafting trail and answered all the questions on the rafting diploma flyer correctly? Then enter the solution word as well as your first and last name and you will receive your personal rafting diploma as a PDF file to print.

Forest walk with aha effect

Hademar Waldwichtel explains his world to large and small naturalists – at a total of 16 stations of the approximately two kilometre long nature adventure trail Oberharmersbach. Here you can crawl like a badger, sit on giant bird eggs, listen to the voice of the trees and explore Hademar’s residential tower. Just follow in the footsteps of the little joke!

“By the way, my name derives from the name of my hometown! Oberharmersbach was first mentioned in 1139. A document reads: “Hademarspach”. And so I came to my name!”

If you would like to take a little walk in the woods with an aha effect, then click on our tour portal. There you will find the route as well as information about directions and parking facilities. Have fun!

With the Groppe through the creek

The water trail in the Sulzbach valley is unique in the Black Forest and a very special experience for young and old. Children experience the Sulzbach actively and playfully as a living space and source of life. An adventurous path leads past rare plants and animals. The visitors are accompanied by the six friends who introduce their living environment in the Sulzbach to the visitors. Through interactive objects, children and adolescents themselves are allowed to develop the fauna of the stream. At the first green classroom, the Badenova water station invites you to experiment: at five water workstations you learn interesting facts about water treatment in the Sulzbach valley. Continue via footbridges and crossings to the Rennweg hut, the end point of the path. For school classes, the hut offers a wide range of working materials for unforgettable, nature-oriented lessons on the subject of water.

The path can be walked individually or as a group with guidance. The path is accessible from 1 May to 30 September (maximum group size: ten people). Further information on the path and booking of guided tours can be found in the local administration Sulz, tel. 07821/98 35 70 (daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.). You can find the route with one click in our tour portal!

Wildcat Forest Experience

Plenty to discover and experience is on the wildcat forest adventure trail in Bad Herrenalb. If you want to sneak through the forest like the wildcats on quiet soles, this is the right place. The signposted trail leads for about six kilometres through a varied landscape. Often it goes up and down on narrow footpaths and over stepping stones through a small river course. Ten stations will familiarize you with the habitat of Europe’s last predatory cats. If you take good care and know the right answers, you will receive a wildcat diploma.

Wildcats are not feral domestic cats! In the past, the predatory cats were widespread in the forest landscapes. Humans were doomed: in the past centuries, the mouse catcher was persecuted and almost exterminated. Now, under protection, she is slowly reclaiming her homeland. But new dangers stand in the way of the wildcat: roads, settlements and large fields cut their habitat. In the Wildkatzensprung project, the BUND is committed to improving the network of wildcat habitats via green corridors.


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