Utrecht is the smallest province in the Netherlands, but that does not alter the fact that there is still enough nature to take nice walks. The best known of course is the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park. But other nature reserves are also worth exploring. The Vecht and Plassen area, the Valley area and the Rhine and Lek area are just a few examples.
Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park.
Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park is characterized by various hills created during the ice age. The area is characterized by moors, fens, forests and ancient landscapes. These landscapes offer shelter to animals such as deer, foxes, badgers, squirrels and the rare tree marten.
The Amerongse Bos is located on the rolling terrain on which the first forests were planted in 1770 by the lords of the Amerongse castle. Nowadays the Amerongse Bos is one of the oldest forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park. Moreover, this is the highest point of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, namely 69 meters high Amerongse Berg. In the south of the Amerongse Bos one can still find traces of the former tobacco cultivation such as the characteristic tobacco barns. One of these tobacco barns has been set up as an information center: Tabaksschuur Information Center.