With your dog

Dogs are welcome in the National Park! With a few exceptions, they can join you on a leash on all trails. In addition, there are four dedicated dog play areas where they let off steam off the leash. These are enclosed areas located along the signposted hiking loops.

Dog play areas

  • Entrance gate ‘Mechelse Heide’ >> between hiking switches 41 en 42
  • Entrance gate ‘Mechelse Heide’ >> between hiking switches 45 en 46
  • Entrance Kikmolen >> between hiking switches 52 en 53


The dedicated dog play areas are also indicated on the hiking map of the ‘Mechelse Heide’.

No acces allowed with dogs

A number of areas are grazed by horses and cattle. Therefore, the caretaker, the Agency for Nature and Forests, does not allow dogs to enter those areas (not even on a leash).

  • ‘Mechelse Heide’ –entrance ‘Kikmolen’: green and blue trail.