Stiphout Forest

The Stiphout Forest is a nature reserve of 525 hectares, located on the border of the municipalities of Helmond, Laarbeek, Nuenen, Gerwen and Nederwetten.

The Stiphout Forest is a nature reserve of 525 hectares, located on the border of the municipalities of Helmond, Laarbeek, Nuenen, Gerwen and Nederwetten.
Stiphout Forest
The forest grows on an area of sand deposits dating back to last ice age, located between the basins of the Dommel and the Aa, the former common lands of Lieshout, Gerwen, Nuenen and Stiphout. In the 1920s, the heathlands and the former drifting sands were planted with mainly Scots pines and various other types of spruce trees. The main initiator for the project was the city of Helmond, buying large parcels of land from the then municipality of Stiphout to plant heather. The dead straight lanes through the area, used for transporting wood, are a prominent reminder of the project. There are still some meres and heath present in the area. To the northwest, the forest borders the wet nature reserve Ruweeuwsels.

Nature
Originally planted as a production forest for mainly Scots pine and Norway spruce, the area now forms a buffer between the cities of Eindhoven (and its municipality of Nuenen) and Helmond (with Stiphout). In recent years, a project was started to increase the variety in flora in the forest. In the Papenvoort Heatlands and the area around the Kamerven, there are still some parcels of open heathland. The southern part of the reserve also has some agricultural enclaves.
The area is rich in fungi and it is also home to many different species of birds. The summer birds include: the woodlark, the stonechat, the tree pipit and the yellowhammer.

Meres
The reserve has about ten bigger and smaller meres that really liven up the area.
The Kamerven is by far the biggest of the meres in the area. The mere, which is heavily dried out and often runs dry completely, is surrounded by about 15 hectares of heathland, forming a large open area in the middle of the quietest part of the forest. It is also one of the few places where the bog gentian still grows.
The other meres are much smaller in size and are mostly located in the middle of the forest. Most of the meres were overgrown, but have been largely cleared in recent years and have a lot of valuable plant growth, such as white beak-sedge, sundew and trefoil. Some of the better known meres are the Hoolven, Wasven, Kikkerven, Kromven, Witven, De Meer and Tweetermansven.
Recreation area
There are various hiking routes throughout the reserve, especially in the Helmond part of the forest. You can park your car at sports park Molenven, not far from the Gerwenseweg. The Potstal Hike, a medium-length hiking route starting in Nuenen, passes through the reserve. You will also find many trails for horseback riding and mountain-bike tracks in the Stiphout Forest.

Krommeweg Model.NdtrcItem.HouseNumber
5708 JM, Helmond