The Mechelse Heide – one of the biggest heathlands in Flanders – is located on the eastern border of the Kempisch Plateau. Hikers consider it as the gateway by far to National Park Hoge Kempen with a diverse range of hikes through forests, heathlands and long-time abandoned pits. A steep climb will reward you with magnificent panoramic views. Unlike the other five gateways, you will not find any visitors centre here. However, you can purchase a hiking map at the three starting points: Camping Salamander (main entrance), Camping Kikmolen and café de Statie, where you can also enjoy a snack and a drink.
This gateway harbours no less than 7 hiking loops. On top of those, you will find another 5 hiking loops near the entrances of the Station of Eisden and camping Kikmolen. As of this gateway, you can also pick up on the longdistance hike of 72 km.
Children in their turn can play on a sand dune or in the play wood/forest.
All year freely accessible, from sunrise till sunset.
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