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Rules of conduct in the forests

in Sauerland and Siegen-Wittgenstein

We are pleased that you have decided to visit one of the largest contiguous forest areas in our country. We, the partners Sauerländischer Gebirgsverein e.V., Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, Sauerland-Radwelt e.V., Wisent-Welt-Wittgenstein e.V., Sauerland-Tourismus e.V., Touristikverband Siegerland-Wittgenstein e.V., Waldbauernverband NRW e. V., as well as the nature parks Sauerland-Rothaargebirge, Arnsberger Wald and Diemelsee stand for a considerate coexistence of all nature users. We pursue the common goal of ensuring that the experience of nature in the Sauerland and in Siegerland-Wittgenstein is free of conflict and without compromising quality. We are also committed to sensitising people in nature to the property rights in the forest and to nature conservation.

  1. Stay on the paths designated for you
  2. Behave with foresight and appropriate to the route and the circumstances.
  3. Adjust your speed so that you can react at any time.
  4. Make yourself known in a friendly and timely manner.
  5. Let other nature users pass without danger.
  6. Even the forest belongs to someone! Observe barriers and follow instructions.
  7. Use the paths responsibly.
  8. Avoid the forest at dusk.
  9. Protect animals and plants and behave appropriately.
  10. Take your trash back.
  11. Only lead dogs on the trails or on a leash (except in dangerous situations)

Anyone is allowed to enter the forest for recreational purposes. However, some sensitive and easily damaged forest areas are prohibited from being entered. For example, nature reserves and plantations may not be entered. The same applies to closed or fenced areas and paths. The following applies nationwide: The forest is entered at your own risk. An intact forest also includes old and dead wood. Parts of trees or entire trees that are no longer used for forestry purposes can die. Dead branches and trees sometimes collapse without any particular influence by wind or storm. Individual branches can come loose from the crowns of the trees at any time and also fall on paths. Please be aware of this danger and therefore avoid staying under dead trees for a long time. Please leave the forest in strong winds and storms.

Making fires is strictly forbidden, as is smoking in the forest from March 1 to October 31.

Whoever walks along the network of paths in the Sauerland and Siegerland-Wittgenstein will meet pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, and in winter cross-country skiers. All of them are united by their interest in nature and the goal of recreation. Meetings of nature sportsmen and women are mutually satisfactory when both sides behave respectfully:

1. Stay on the paths that are marked for you.

Although pedestrians are allowed to enter the forest, other users of nature are subject to special rules laid down in the State Nature Conservation and State Forestry Act of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse. For example, cycling in the forest is permitted on so-called "fixed paths" (for a definition see e.g. the judgement VG Köln, Link: Riding is again only allowed on marked bridle paths, except in so-called exemption areas (information on this is available from the respective districts or independent towns). On arrival, the following always applies: Park your car only in the designated parking spaces.

2. Behave with foresight, appropriate to the route and the circumstances.

For your own safety and the safety of other users of the nature, it is important that everyone behaves in a foresighted and appropriate manner. Obstacles or other nature users may appear at any time in hidden passages and in narrow and steep places. Staying at such points also carries a risk. Path surfaces and weather conditions influence whether shoes, horse hooves or wheels provide sufficient support. When descending fast, you must be aware that game can also cross your path at any time. Especially for cyclists: You must be able to stop safely within sight!

3. Adjust your speed so that you can react at any time.

Reduce your speed if other users approach you. Only then will you have time to react appropriately.

4. Make yourself known in a friendly and timely manner.

If you meet other nature users whom you want to overtake, draw attention to yourself in time if they have not already noticed you. We are all out in nature for recreation and wish for a friendly cooperation.

5. Let other nature users pass without any danger.

If someone is travelling faster or in a different direction, give each other the
opportunity to pass each other without danger.

6. Even the forest belongs to someone! Pay attention to barriers and follow instructions.

The forest in the Sauerland and Siegerland Wittgenstein belongs to private owners, towns and municipalities and the state. The forest plays an important economic role for these owners, especially for the private forest owners. Respect the rights of the landowners and understand if you encounter traces of forestry in your activities, if timber transporters or foresters drive their vehicles through the forest, if roads are damaged by economic activity, or if you are warned of the dangers of logging by means of road signs. Please pay attention to these temporary signs, because if you do not follow them, you are in acute danger of your life.

7. Use the paths responsibly

The paths available to you for your enjoyment of nature are the forestry lifelines. They are primarily built for the management of the forest and are regularly repaired for this purpose. But the paths are largely left in their natural state. Inappropriate driving can cause severe erosion damage to the paths. Especially natural paths or paths paved with fine covering are damaged by careless braking manoeuvres.

8. Avoid the forest at dusk and in the dark.

Particularly between sunset and sunrise, considerate behaviour is required in the forest, as the animal world, for example, is particularly disturbed by noise and bright light. At these times, if possible, avoid staying in the forest and the use of bright lights.

9. Protect animals and plants and behave appropriately.

Many species of game live in the forests of Sauerland and Siegerland Wittgenstein. Red deer, wild boar (wild sows), mouflon and, for some time now, bisons can meet you here in the forest. The risks that these animals pose to the normal hiker are low and can be reduced to an absolute minimum by appropriate and respectful behaviour.
Mother animals have the absolute urge to protect their young. This applies to all game species. Should an encounter occur, this applies especially to encounters with wild boars or bison:

  • Walk quietly and inconspicuously past the animals at a distance, do not frighten the animals and do not look them directly in the eye.
  • Watch out for threatening gestures! When sows "chatter their teeth" or bisons lower their heads, they expect you to retreat. Then retreat!
  • If the animals approach you, remain calm, do not turn your back on them and leave the area without rushing, but always with a view of the animal. If the animals fall below a distance that makes you uncomfortable, call out loudly, whistle or make yourself noticed acoustically in another way.
  • Also pay attention to the handling of wild animals and your dog (point 11)
  • How to deal with ticks: To prevent infection, it is necessary to search carefully after walks in the forest to find ticks, if possible before they bite, if you have had direct contact with grasses and bushes. If you remove the tick with a suitable agent within the first 24 hours, the probability of infection is significantly lower. You can find further information on how to deal with ticks at:

Please do not damage plants and fungi and do not tear them out. They might be protected. Misconduct may result in severe penalties. For picking mushrooms and berries you must observe the legal regulations.

10. Take your trash back!

If you leave your rubbish behind, you endanger the animal and plant world and destroy the landscape for other nature users and yourself. Therefore, take your rubbish back home with you to dispose of it correctly.

11. Only lead dogs on the paths or on a leash (except in dangerous situations).

Anyone travelling with their dog is obliged to keep it safely under control at all times. In this way other nature users will not be unsettled. You may only lead your dog on a leash off the paths. If an animal attacks your dog, put it on a leash! The dog is faster and more agile than you and will definitely find you again.