Measuring a grand total of 4,421 ha, the Sonian forest is Belgium’s largest area of woodland and the perfect place for some lovely walks.
From the iron age until the rule of Charles the Great and throughout the Gallo-Roman era, the Sonian forest provided firewood and wood to build houses and ships, was the background to impressive hunting scenes or offered shelter to soldiers fighting in our region.
The forest’s current mix of deciduous trees goes back to the Austrian era (1714-1795).
Beech trees of over 200 years old are no exception in the Sonian forest.
After the federalisation of the Belgian State, the Sonian forest was divided between the three Regions, and has since been governed by three sets of regulations and three different management systems.