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Getting Lost in the Vijlenerbos

Last weekend Dan & I had a great time in Vaals and really enjoyed hiking in the Vijlenerbos. But with all the twisting and crisscrossing paths available for foot, bike, and horse traffic, I thought I’d share a word of caution with you all: don’t take the green path.


Emerging from the woods near the Boscafe.


The Vijlenerbos is one of the largest forests in the Netherlands, reaching over the boarder into Germany and Belgium. In the past it was communal forest where local residents had the right to cut down certain portions of the woods. As a result, the wooded area today is well traveled with various patches of trees all approximately the same height where they had been cut down and regrown.

Variety in paths. No matter how you want to explore the woods, you can probably find a way to do it. But with so many options, it’s easy to get turned around. I won’t say we got truly lost, but I do think we backtracked and fell off our path a few times as we struggled to get back to the boscafe we’d left our car at.  The real problem was the green markers.

Take a look at this photo. Can you find the path marker?

Found it? That’s right, it’s down in the lower right hand corner.

These low markers blended in pretty badly, especially with the thick underbrush.  Personally, I prefer the painted blazes used in the US to mark trails. And next time, maybe we’ll follow the blue path. Just for clarity sake.

2 Responses to “Getting Lost in the Vijlenerbos”

  1. Invader_Stu says:

    Hopefully the blue route does not involve several blue lakes and rivers otherwise they could still be as difficult to spot.

  2. Amanda says:

    Oh no! I didn’t even think of that! Maybe the white trail is only accessible when it snows too. ;)