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Schillerfelsen am Dahner FelsenpfadPhoto: Jacques Noll, Dahner Felsenland
The 12-kilometre-long Dahner Felsenpfad (Dahner Rock Trail) runs for the most part on completely new, narrow paths and opens up attractive rock formations. It is not only the varied route that is impressive, but also the indescribable variety of shapes of the bizarre stone formations. Anyone setting out on the trail should be reasonably sure-footed and have a certain level of fitness. The Dahner Felsenpfad (Dahner Rock Trail) is a premium hiking trail and is well signposted along the entire route with the "black rock on orange background" markings.
UFFBASSE! - Campaign for considerate coexistence in nature
Always act with foresight, kindness and consideration towards everyone you meet along the way.
Respect nature, don't destroy plants and always stay on the paths.
Remember to bring a rubbish bag for the trail and take rubbish home with you.
Please keep your dog on a lead at all times. Other visitors and animals will thank you.
For your own safety, observe all trail closures. Also at weekends.
Park only in designated parking areas. Leave space for escape routes and agricultural machinery.
Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.
Refreshment stops along the route: Dahner Pfälzerwald-Hütte in Schneidersfeld, the FelsenGraf-Hütte at the start of the trail, the restaurant Büttelwoog on the camping site in Dahn, the Sportpark at the trail parking lot and also local gastronomy.
PWV Hütte Dahn "Im Schneiderfeld" 66994 Dahn, tel. 06391/1793
Apr. to Oct: Wed-Sun and public holidays 10: 00- 18:00 hrs., (Closed on Mon & Tue, except public holidays), from the third Sunday in January to the end of March and from the beginning of November and through to the third Sunday in Dec.: Wed, Sat, Sun, public holidays 10: 00-18: 00 hrs.,
Between Christmas and New Year, every day from 10: 00-18: 00 hrs.
Overnight stays following prior registration, changing facility, children's playground, disabled toilets FelsenGraf Steakhous, Dahn, open daily from 10.00 am - 23.00 hrs.
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Gaststätte Campingplatz Büttelwoog
PWV-Hütte im Schneiderfeld
Haus des Gastes
Safety informationDespite the well-signposted trail markers along the premium hiking trails, we recommend for security reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map so that, for example when a storm occurs, you can quickly either find shelter or get out of the woods.
Especially in the autumn it is also important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, such as roots, rocks or holes in the path. Following storms, trees can have been uprooted or have branches hanging down. Such path impairments have to be expected when using such trails . Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may occur that the trails and paths turn into muddy and slippery passages. Path impairments of this kind have to be expected when you go out for a hike. Not all rocks or slopes are secured with ropes or railings and sure footedness is required. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you then you should try and get around them.
We endeavour to announce all closures caused by forest works, hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you encounter closures or diversions on site, please follow the instructions for your own safety.
Tips and hints
Right at the beginning of this eventful tour, it becomes clear why the Felsenpfad attracts hikers from all over the place: forests flooded in sunlight, soft-soiled trails and an almost Mediterranean atmosphere radiates a feeling of well-being. On the observation deck of the Pfaffenfelsen you will get a foretaste of the outlooks and views to follow.
Sturdy footwear and all-weather clothing, sun and rain protection, and a sufficient quantity of food and drink, should no refreshment facilities or shopping possibilities exist or be open. Although the path is always very well marked, you should for safety reasons always have an appropriate hiking map with you.
At the foot of the Schillerfelsen there is a memorial plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of this German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright . . The steep climb up is rewarded at the top of the rock with a wonderful view of the Wasgaustadt Dahn. Now it becomes more adventurous down the rocks to the Schwalbenfelsen Arena. The trail leads through a narrow rock passage and a staircase to the viewing platform of the Schwalbenfelsen. Here is a the perfect place for a first refreshment. Depending on how the sun is situated, you can watch fascinating sunlight games along the Felsen-Arena. There are almost always hikers on the way, scrambling around the rocks, touching them with respect and photographing the different rock layers.
Mediterranean vegetation and a great view of the surrounding highlands is offered by the Elwetritschefels, which can be reached along a soft forest path. If now your stomach starts to grumble you can respond by visiting the forest tavern of the PWV before continuing along the next 8 kilometres. There is also an interesting short info-path "Naturschutzgebiet Moosbachtal" in front of the tavern which enlightens you about the local fauna and flora.
Following the trail marker "black rock on an orange background", you will soon find yourself in idyllic lush meadows again before the climb up to the next highlight. From now on, the rock attractions line up one after the other and one lookout point follows the next - each with its own unique atmosphere. A sombre, almost mystical aura prevails over the Mooskopf and Roßkegelfelsen, which can be reached after the Schlangenfelsen. A narrow path winds its way around them and then climbs up to the rocky ridge. The silence up there underlines the mysterious atmosphere that emanates from this formation of rocks.
After a brief cooling down at the Rothsteigbrunnen fountain, the trail leads leads through a rocky crevice to the Ungeheurfelsen and in a demanding climb up to the mighty rock barrier of Büttelfelsen. A steel ladder leads up to a raised vantage point. From there you can enjoy a clear view of the Lämmerfelsen, which, with its impressive panorama is the next station past the highlights of the Dahner Felsenpfads.
Now just a small walk through the romantic Wieslautertal before we make the last climb up to the Wachtfelsen. A steel staircase leads up to a stone plateau, which offers a final round of views over the Dahn Felsenland from a prominent location. Even the rock formation Braut & Bräutigram (bride & groom) can be seen before admiring them in full size at the parking lot below. All the bizarre rock formations and the varied trail route give the Dahn Felsenpfad” an almost sensual identity and rightly justifies it being rate as a "Premiumweg".
Public-transport-friendlyTake the train to Bad Bergzabern or Hinterweidenthal, from there by bus to Dahn. From the town centre, you walk to the youth hostel / camping site. From May to October there are excursion trains "Bundenthaler” and" Felsenland Express "" on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Mannheim / Karlsruhe to Dahn main railway station, Dahn Süd or Moosbachtal in the Dahner Felsenland. Info : www.der-takt.de
By roadB10 to the exit Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 to Dahn, there follow the signage "Felsland Badeparadies"
ParkingParking lot for hikers at the Sportpark or the Felsland Badeparadies & Saunawelten at the forest hut Felsengraf in Dahn, alternatively the Dahner PWV-Hütte in Schneiderfeld, FelsenGraf Steakhous
Book recommendation by the author
Premium-Wanderbuch "Pfälzerwald" mit 17 Premium-Rundwegen und Streckenwegen.
Verlag: idemedia GmbH, ISBN 978 - 3 - 942779 - 54 - 8
Autoren: Ulrike Poller und Wolfgang Todt
Author’s map recommendations
Wander- und Radwanderkarte Dahner Felsenland 1:25.000, 8,90 €uro zzgl. Portokosten von 1,60 €uro,neu ab Dezember 2022, 7. Auflage: Wandern und Radfahren im Dahner Felsenland mit den Premium-Wanderwegen, den Haupt- und Rundwanderwegen, den Radrouten sowie dem Rettungspunkte-System; mit App Unterstützung, www.topstern.app im Maßstab 1:25.000, ISBN 978-3-945138-12-0
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EquipmentSturdy footwear and all-weather clothing, sun and rain protection, and a sufficient quantity of food and drink, should no refreshment facilities or shopping possibilities exist or be open. Although the path is always very well marked, you should for safety reasons always have an appropriate hiking map with you.
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