September 1, 2016

Bison trail open to public again

From September 1st you can enjoy the "Bison trail" again that reopens to the public. On this (mostly) sandy path you have a good chance to encounter bison or other large grazing animals 'at a distance'. The footpath is open until March 2017. After March 1st 2017, the Bison trail will close again for the bird breeding season.

The footpath, easily recognisable by the yellow-marked poles, is about 3 kilometres (3280 yards) in length and runs through the western part of the Kraansvlak. Some parts consist of dune sand, so the path is part of the nature area. The path is located in a resting area and therefore it is forbidden to go off track. By keeping between the marked poles, nature won't be disturbed and it is most likely you'll see the animals displaying their natural behaviour. Just make sure you keep a distance of at least 50 meters and do not disturb the animals, when you have a ‘meet and greet’ with the herd.

Bison on Bison Trail. Photo: Esther Rodriguez

Some visitor rules and a map of the area can be found here. The trail is open from sunrise to sunset and is accessible from various points (Zandvoort, Bloemendaal aan Zee, seafront). Rather fancy going out with a ranger? That is also possible, click here for more information.

Since the opening of this special walking route in 2012, more than 15,000 visitors have used this trail through the bison territory. Apart from the bison that roam this area, Konik horses live here, together with a lot of other animals like fallow deer, roe deer, rabbits, foxes and all kinds of birds.

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Bison at the Bison Trail. Photo: Ruud Maaskant