Take a hike: A guide to volksmarching in the Baumholder/Wiesbaden area

By Donald Seltzer
Volksmarch Editor

Trail notes

  • Readers are reminded when driving in France of the requirement for a breathalyzer kit. It is also recommended to have an International Driver’s Permit and passport.
  • Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an email message to volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Getting Started.”
  • Readers are asked to pick up extra event brochures and to mail them via MPS to Donald Seltzer, CMR 467 Box 5533, APO AE 09096.
  • Many thanks to readers Richard and Donna Glenn, Pat and Cheryl Patterson, Tim and Luchi Lynch, and Bob and Pat Kiebler for providing brochures.
  • Look for additional event choices at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/hunion/Takeahike.htm.

Weekend of Sept. 29-30

Greifenstein-Beilstein (35753)
This event is west of Giessen. Those seeking a challenge will find it here — 42-, 50- and 60-km trails. From Giessen use B-49 west to Biskirchen and an unnumbered road north through Greifenstein to the start at Beilstein. When using Autobahn 45 take the Herborn-Süd (27) or Ehringshausen (28) exits to follow IVV signs to the start.

Start: Sportheim und Sportgelände on Sportplatzstrasse Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), and 6:30-8 a.m. (50 and 60 km) Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), and 6:30-8 a.m. (50 and 60 km)
Trail: Fairly hilly, woods
Award: From previous events (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Trier-Ehrang (54293)
This midweek, German holiday walk benefits Cystic Fibrosis research. Wanderers will walk in the area surrounding Germany’s oldest city of Trier as a reward for the time spent reaching this event. Trier-Ehrang has its own exit off of Autobahn 602 as drivers approach Trier. Watch carefully for directional signs.

Start: MPG/AVG Halle at Sichelstrasse 3 in the Trier suburb of Ehrang Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km)
Trail: Hilly, woods and fields
Award: Roman coin, and €0.95 of your start fee goes to the research.

Weekend of Oct. 6-7

Dachsenhausen (56340)
Participants will be rewarded for the long drive with trails winding along the edge of the Naturpark Nassau southeast of Koblenz. A scenic drive uses B-42 and B-260 toward Koblenz from the Wiesbaden area, then connects with B-274 to reach Bogel. Follow secondary roads to Ruppertshofen, Gemmerich and the start at Dachsenhausen.

Start: Bürgerhaus at Emser Strasse 2a Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km)
Trail: Mostly hilly, woods
Award: None.

Weekend of Oct. 13-14

Heidelberg-Boxberg (69126)
This Sunday-only event is south of Heidelberg and east of Patrick Henry Village. Use Autobahn 5 south to the Heidelberg-Schwetzingen exit (38), then follow signs toward Leimen. Turn off on a secondary road leading to Boxberg. A shuttle service to the start hall is provided from the parking area.

Start: Bürgerhaus with parking shuttle from Fabrik Heidelberger Leben AG at Forum 7 in HD-Emmertsgrund Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 km)
Trail: Mostly flat, fields and some woods
Award: None.

Wiesbaden-Klarenthal (65197)
The changing fall colors will make the wooded trails at this Sunday-only event especially pretty for wanderers. Use Autobahns 66 and 643 to reach Wiesbaden and, staying in the left lane, pick up the 2nd Ring toward Klarenthal. Turn left onto Klarenthaler Strasse and shortly thereafter left again as IVV signs assist drivers in reaching the start.
Start: Sophie-und-Hans-Scholl-Schule at Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse 10 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (20 km)
Trail: Hilly, woods
Award: None.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Mainz-Gonsenheim (55124)
This middle-of-the-week walk is easily reached via autobahn and is just north of Mainz. Its trails wind through a wooded area popular with runners and walkers. You’ll find some of the club members able to provide assistance in English and all quite friendly. Note on the 10-kilometer trail at the August event, there were long stretches between trail markings. Use Autobahns 60 or 643 to take the Mainz-Gonsenheim exit to find IVV signs or tape directing them to the start.

Start: Karl-Geib-Haus at Kapellenstrasse 44 Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 km) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km)
Trail: Flat, mostly woods and some fields.
Award: From previous events.

Weekend of Oct. 20-21

Aarbergen-Daisbach (65326)
This event is in the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus south of Limburg. Wanderers will enjoy the fall colors while completing one of a variety of trail lengths. Use Autobahn 3 toward Limburg and exit at Bad Camberg (44). Follow secondary roads through the towns of Beuerbach, Ketternschwalbach and Panrod to reach the start in Daisbach.

Start: Haus der Vereine at Schulstrasse 8 (parking at Am Volpertsberg 2) Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km), 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km), 7:30 a.m. to noon (18 km), 7:30-11 a.m. (26 km) and 7:30-10 a.m. (33 km)
Trail: Very hilly, woods
Award: From previous events.

Magdlos (36103)
This volksmarch brings wanderers to the area southeast of Fulda to enjoy its fall colors. Use Autobahn 66 and B-40 to Flieden where a secondary road leads to the start.

Start: Bürgerhaus at Forsthausstrasse 2 Saturday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 11 km) Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 11 km)
Trail: Hilly, woods
Award: From previous events.

Morbach (54497)
This event is northwest of Idar-Oberstein. Morbach is on B-327 just north of the junction with B-269. Use B-422 from Idar-Oberstein to reach B-269.

Start: Baldenauhalle on Jahnstrasse Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods
Award: None.

Neufgrange, France (57910)
This French event is found due south of Saarbrücken and Sarreguemines. From Kaiserslautern, use Autobahn 6 to connect briefly with Autobahn 8 at Saarbrücken. Exit at Saarbrücken-Unner to head south on a minor road that becomes N61 in France. Use N62 toward Sarreguemines a short distance to connect with minor roads leading to the start at Neufgrange.

Start: Salle des Sports at Rue du Stade 7 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. 1 p.m. (20 km)
Trail: Unknown
Award: None.