Family Friendly Devil’s Path Hike – Teufelspfad Pirmasens

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the huhnerfels cave and waterfall near Pirmasens germany
The Huhnerfels include not only this massive free flowing waterfall inside the cave, you can have lunch here.

I found this hike in the lovely Fred and Otto book and it’s a total hidden gem! It’s really great for families with kids or people who want shorter hikes that are action packed with food at the end.

Author’s tl;dr: The hike is an easy loop with spooky red sandstone caves and at least 5 waterfalls that are truly impressive.

Dog friendly, kid-friendly 4+.

4.22 miles and mainly leaf carpeted soft trails. You can shorten it if needed and just hit the waterfalls in less than 2 miles. If you want to make a weekend of it, you can stay directly on trail at the pension Naturfrendehaus or the FEWO apartment near the village.

❌ Do not do this hike if you are anti-occult. j/k, it is super witchy tho…

Located about 5 min from Pirmasens, Germany this Pfalzerwald forest hike offers more waterfalls than the nearby Dahn Germany hike or the Hexenklamm hike.

  • What I really loved were the multitude of waterfall caves.
  • What I thought was rough was the mud along the bottom of trail.
the devil wooden statue near Pirmasens germany
This hike has rocky parts, forest parts and even some farmland hiking. It’s pretty short and action packed.

Related: If you love dramatic red rocks on your hikes check out my Drachenfels hiking guide in or the Kirkel Tafeltour. These are two of the best hikes near Kaiserslautern with super cool red sandstone rock formations.

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Devil’s Path Hike – Teufelspfad Pirmasens

✨Best Hidden Waterfalls Hike

  • Location: Pirmasens, Germany, Pfälzerwald
  • When to Hike: Year Round
  • Distance: 4.22 mile loop
  • Up/down: 425 feet
  • Time: 1:45 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Points of Interest: Haspelfels, Huhnerfels, Teufelsbrunnen, Teufelsfelsen, Naturfrendhouse
  • Transport: Parking is here
  • Stay: Right on trail at the Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten
the devils path signs near Pirmasens germany, teufelspfad signs
The signage on this trail is Above Average. You’ll follow one sign the whole time.
Trail Sign Rating = 4+/5

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Bonus: Waterfalls Galore

the teufels waterfall near Pirmasens germany
The sheer number of free flowing waterfalls in this forest is really really surprising.

My dog Ruby and I hiked it on a rainy day in February and we were surprised how many sights there are in such a short hike

You will also like my related hiking guide: If you want more expansive views, the Kalmit or Kurpfalz hikes located on the other side of the Pfalz forest may be for you.

Parking Lot – Haspelfels – Huhnerfels (:45)

haspelfels trail signs and birdhouse in forest in germany
The signs are excellent and it’s very hard to get lost on this trail.

Okay this hike starts off walking past the Naturfrendhaus alongside some ponds. You’ll follow the devil’s sign uphill to the right.

You’ll immediately be rewarded after a short climb with a massive red cave you can hike THROUGH! There are free flowing watefalls and I loved walking under the water.

You’ll continue on leaf carpeted, and ivy draped single track with many red rock formations. Once you reach Huhnerfels, definitely take some time to sit at the picnic table next to the 40 foot high free flowing waterfall.

Huhnerfels – Teufelsbrunnen – Teufelsfelsen (1:20)

huhnerfels signs
This is a great hike for a rainy day.

I would not wear uggs on the this hike as it can get muddy on the next section. You’ll pass by more waterfalls and then zizzag up a giant pine forested hill.

Then you’ll get to the “farm” stretch. There’s an alternative parking area here on this side and you can also detour to the 3 books hut.

devils springs pirmasens germany
There is definitely a “devil” theme.

Upon returning north, you’ll first pass the Teufelsbrunnen and then the Teufelsfelsen.

They are pretty close to the original ponds where we started.

Teufelsfelsen – Parking (1:45)

devils rocks pirmasens germany
Red sandstone caves and fels abound.

It’s pretty much a straight shot on a wide path here back to parking. You’ll simply be on the other side of the lake.

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How to get there

By Car

Driving is the easiest way to get to this hike.

Reaching the parking lot by car is a straightforward journey, with the park conveniently situated next to the beginning of the trail.

By Bus

If you want to take the bus, you’ll need to get to Niedersimton via Pirmasens. There is a bus that runs here intermittently.

Food and Hutten on the Devil’s Path Hike

You’ve got two choices on this trail for huts.

saumagen and sauerkraut at forest hut
Traditional Pfalzer cuisine.

Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten

Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten
This is authentic as it gets.

This place is right at the start of the loop trail. I loved the authentic Pfalzisch food here complete with slow service. They have 7 double rooms for up to 21 people to stay overnight.

  • Address & Contact:
  • Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten
  • Gersbachtal 100
  • 66955 Pirmasens – Niedersimten
  • Restaurant:
  • Tenant: Jürgen Kunz
  • Phone: 06331/46288
  • Opening Hours (from September 18th, 2023):
  • Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: Closed
  • Wednesday, Friday to Sunday: from 11 a.m.

Room Reservation:

Three Books Hut (Drei Buchen Lemberg

This hut is not “directly” on trail but just a short detour. It’s part of the PWV system.

Waldhaus Drei Buchen in Lemberg is a hidden gem nestled in the lush forests of Germany, offering a serene escape for nature lovers and hikers alike. This quaint hut is the perfect pit stop for those exploring the trails around Lemberg, providing a place to rest and refuel amidst the beauty of the Rhineland-Palatinate region.


Every third Saturday of the month is schnitzel day!

  • Opening Hours:
  • Wednesday: from 11 a.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: from 11 a.m.
  • Holidays: from 11 a.m.
  • Kitchen Hours:
  • Opens at 11:30 a.m.
  • Contact Information:
  • Address: Waldhaus Drei Buchen, 66969 Lemberg
  • Phone: (+49) 06335 5228 (also available via WhatsApp)
  • Email: [email protected]

Where to Stay

teufelspfad germany
These trail signs are so cute.

Half Timbered Hotel 👉 FeWo Pfälzer Felsenlandschaft

Just at the beginning of the trail is the family-owned apartment called Fewo. The owner is really sweet and the rooms look great.

I’ve not stayed here yet but it’s on my bucketlist so I can catch the waterfalls at sunset and walk back to hotel.

It’s got “local vibes” and a ton of space. I love anything half-timbered. You can also walk to restaurants from here easily.

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Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and passionate hiker who believes in exploring the world on foot with good food. Follow her journey as she shares science-based hiking tips and advocates for sustainable tourism.