More than nature
Approximately midway through the province of Overijssel between Markelo in the south to Ommen in the north lies a high sandy ridge. The section between Holten and Hellendoorn makes up the Sallandse Heuvelrug. The Sallandse Heuvelrug consists of a number of peaks, such as the Hellendoornse Berg, Haarlerberg, Holterberg and Koningsbelt, the latter of which is the tallest, at 75 metres above sea level. Standing on the flanks of the Sallandse Heuvelrug, you can see forests and heathlands in the distance.
The southern part of the ridge was established as a national park in development in August 2000. It is an attractive area with numerous opportunities for quiet recreation. The vast forests have excellent routes for walking, bicycling and horseback riding, as does a section of the centrally located open heathlands.
Part of the heathlands is closed during the breeding season from 15 March to 15 July, as this is the habitat of the black grouse, one of the unique animals that call the Sallandse Heuvelrug home. The Sallandse Heuvelrug is the only place in the Netherlands where a viable population of black grouse exists. The entire area measures approximately 3500 hectares (35 square km). The Dutch Forestry Commission, Society for the Preservation of Nature in the Netherlands, and a number of private owners strive to preserve and improve the features of the park for nature and recreation by means of the national park system.