The Woodpecker trail runs along the Ruige Heide, an inhospitable area as the name 'Ruige' Heide (= ‘Rough’ Heathland) suggests. The area is particularly dry and the vegetation is typical for land dunes, dry heathland, dry grassland on poor sandy soil and acid oak birch forest. On a bright summer's day, when the sun mercilessly increases the temperature on the bare sand plains of the Ruige Heide, you will imagine yourself for a moment on another continent. Did you know that the Woodpecker trail crosses the Belgian-Dutch border? Can you discover where exactly you cross the border? If you’re in for a longer hike, you can combine the Woodpecker with the Squirrel trail (7.8 km).