Ebbegebirge Nature Park

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Location of the Ebbegebirge Nature Park
Versetalsperre in the nature park
View over the snowy Ebbe Mountains
Hohe Bracht in the nature park

The Nature Park Ebbegebirge included with a size of 777 square kilometers most of the south-western Sauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia . The nature park was established in 1964 with the construction of the Biggetalsperre . To May 1, 2015, he went along with the natural parks Homert and Rothaargebirge in the Natural Park Sauerland Rothaar on.


The Ebbegebirge Nature Park essentially comprised the low mountain range of the same name as well as some surrounding areas. It was partly in the area of ​​the Märkisches Kreis and the Olpe district in the southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia. The varied low mountain range was about 2/3 wooded. The many dams also shaped the image of the nature park. The highest point was the Nordhelle at 663.3 m .


This low mountain range was shaped by coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests as well as grassland. There were running waters and often dams in the valleys. There were also some moors and heather areas, such as the juniper heather "Auf der Gasmert" east of the Versetalsperre , in the area of ​​the nature park. Some of the forests were even formed by individual "primeval forest trees", including huge red beeches with a diameter of over 150 cm.


Numerous forest teaching and fitness trails attracted over 9 million visitors a year, mostly looking for recreation. From one of the more than 100 parking and rest areas, a network of more than 1,200 km of marked circular paths could be used for long walks and hikes. In addition, many technical cultural monuments such as B. the Wendener Hütte (oldest blast furnace in Central Europe) or the Bremecker Hammer (Iron History Museum) near Lüdenscheid . In addition, the tourist was offered a wide range of water sports such. B. on and in the Biggetalsperre (swimming, sailing, surfing, canoeing), but also cycling, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, tennis, golf and horse riding were frequently used sports.


Individual evidence

  1. "Sauerland-Rothaargebirge" nature park founded. WAZ dated April 30, 2015, accessed May 1, 2015

Web links

Commons : Ebbegebirge Nature Park  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 51 ° 6 '  N , 7 ° 47'  E