Kahle-Pön Düdinghausen nature trail

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The Kahle-Pön nature trail leads northwest of Medebach-Düdinghausen through one of the few remaining Hochheide heaths on the ridges of the Sauerland. Enjoy fantastic views and pure nature!


Usselner Kreuz

Starttafel und Information am Wanderparkplatz "Kahler Pön"


Heide am Rundweg

Eine von 12 Stationen auf dem Weg

Kahler Pön

Wanderpfosten auf dem Rundweg


Parallel verlaufende Wanderwege

Sonnenaufgang am Aussichtspunkt Kalied

Sonnenaufgang am Aussichtspunkt Kalied

Tour starting point:

Hikers' parking lot and information Kahle-Pön

Tour destination point:

Hikers' parking lot and information Kahle-Pön


  • promising
  • Insider tip
  • Premium Trail German Hiking Seal
  • Summit tour
  • Round trip
  • Refreshment stop
  • cultural / historical
  • Flora




5.3 km


1:45 Std.

Elevation ascent

149 m

Elevation descent

149 m

Altitude (Minimum)

677 m

Altitude (Maximum)

774 m





Recommended seasons


Welcome to the mountain heaths of the Kahle-Pön. You are hiking through a fascinating type of landscape that characterized the high altitudes of the low mountain range for centuries.

At the end of the 19th century, the ridges of the Sauerland were still largely taken up by mountain heaths. On the Kahle Pön plateau, on the border between Upland (Hessen) and Medebach Bay (NRW) and thus in the headwaters of the Diemel, lies one of the few remaining Hochheide of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. You will experience an extraordinary heathland landscape and magnificent views time and again, such as at the Usseln Cross, on the Pöngipfel or at the Kalied.

Interesting information about nature and history can be accessed via QR codes at 12 stations along the trail.

Tip: Take a detour to the Graf Stolberg Hütte for a break in a rustic hut atmosphere or on the large sun terrace!

Kahle-Pön Düdinghausen hiking parking lot

Wanderportal Natutweg Kahler Pön

Starting point Region Sauerland Wanderdörfer - hiking portal Naturweg Kahler Pön At the hiking parking lot, above the village and the road "Zum Pön", you will find the portal board of the Naturweg Kahler Pön and a hiking portal map of Medebach Touristik with the description of the two premium trails "Naturweg Kahle-Pön" and "Geologischer Rundweg Düdinghausen".

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Aussichtspunkt Pöngipfel

Kahler Pön

Das 96 ha große Naturschutzgebiet Kahler Pön im Stadtgebiet Medebach (NRW), direkt an der Landesgrenze zu Hessen, mit dem 774 m hohen Gipfel, beherbergt in einer historischen Kulturlandschaft zahlreiche seltene Tiere und Pflanzen und beeindruckt durch herrliche Aussichten.

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Schutzhütte Kalied

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Unweit des auf 774 m üNN gelegenen Berges Kahle Pön nahe der Medebacher Ortschaft Düdinghausen trifft der Wanderer auf diese Schutzhütte, in der schon Stefan Pinnow und Kathrin Heinrichs für die Sendung "Wunderschön" Platz genommen haben.

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Aussichtspunkt Kalied

Sonnenaufgang am Aussichtspunkt Kalied

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The hiking trail is signposted throughout with the blue Kahle-Pön trail sign (yellow EU star circle on a blue background).There is a flyer for this trail, which explains the special nature at 12 numbered oak post stations.The starting point is the Pön parking lot, which can be reached either by car via a 3 km drive on an asphalt road east of the village center, or on foot from the village center via the Sauerland-Höhenflug (2 km steeply uphill - 200 meters in altitude).First we go 500 m uphill. Then turn right, after 200 m you come to the state border with the "Lügenbank" boundary stone and after another 300 m you reach the Usseln Heid with its exceptional panoramic views. At the Usseln cross, turn left onto a narrow path, then continue along a natural path past the ski lift, then right along large mountain meadows to the tarred path. We cross this near boundary stone no. 5, up on a heather path to the Pöngipfel. Continue right downhill through the forest, then take a sharp left onto the almost flat Pönflankenweg to the turning point. Continue slightly downhill along a path in the Buchenwald, then turn sharp left and up through the Buchenwald to Kalied. From the refuge with information point and panorama board, you have a magnificent view over the Hessian mountains and Medebach Bay. The path leads back to the parking lot.

Safty guidelines

You are a guest in the nature reserve. Please behave considerately. Dogs must be kept on a lead. Please do not leave the paths in general!Possible difficulties with snow in December to MarchCurrent information about our forests - The bark beetle and its consequencesThe forest owners are endeavoring to take the necessary measures in the forests and to remove the damaged wood. However, due to the extent of the damage, this work cannot be completed in a short space of time. The clearing and reforestation of the damaged forest stands will therefore take a long time and sometimes lead to disruptions such as closures and detour in the forests. This must always be taken into account when visiting the forest.We therefore appeal to everyone who cares about the forest:Understand that extensive forestry work is necessary in the current situation and that this is currently accompanying your forest experience.Be particularly attentive during your leisure activities and observe the prevailing instructions and any prohibitionsPlease be considerate ...

Public transiot

From Willingen: Bus R46 (RLG): Willingen-DüdinghausenFrom Winterberg: Bus R48 (RLG): Winterberg-Düdinghausen / change in Küstelberg to the direct connecting busFrom Korbach:Bus 550(NVV): Korbach-Medebach / change to the R46 to DüdinghausenFrom Frankenberg (Eder): Bus 530 (NVV): Frankenberg-Lichtenfels-Medebach / change to the R46 in the direction of Düdinghausen

Getting there

From the north: A7, A2, A33 to Wünnenberg-Haaren interchange, B480 Brilon, Olsberg, towards Winterberg and then to Medebach. Later drive towards Oberschledorn/Düdinghausen.From the west: A44 Dortmund-Kassel, exit Kreuz Werl, A445 Meschede to Bestwig, Olsberg, direction Winterberg and then to Medebach. Later drive towards Oberschledorn/Düdinghausen.From the Rhineland: A4 Cologne-Olpe to the Olpe junction, take the A45 towards Dortmund to the Olpe exit, B55 towards Lennestadt, B236 Schmallenberg, Winterberg and then to Medebach.From the east: A44 Dortmund-Kassel to exit Wünnenberg-Haaren, B480 Brilon, Olsberg, direction Winterberg and then to Medebach. Later drive towards Oberschledorn/Düdinghausen.From the south: A5 from Frankfurt to Gießen, A485/B3 exit Marburg, B252 Wetter, B236 Hallenberg-Winterberg and then to Medebach. Later drive in the direction of Oberschledorn/Düdinghausen.


Hikers' parking lot Kahle-Pön; follow the road "Zum Pön" out of Düdinghausen and turn right once and straight ahead directly to the parking lot.Heimathaus parking lot on the L 854; from there follow the "Heimathaus" sign; Kirchplatz is 20 m above the Heimathaus

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