Surrounded by dense copses, oaks, black locust trees, black poplars and birches, there is an open gravel pit just below Huttingen at Blansiner Grien. Since the extraction of gravel was stopped, various woody plants have developed both on the slope and on areas where soil has developed. An exciting dry vegetation grows as it used to be found in the dry gravel banks of the branched Upper Rhine. For example, horned clover thrives on the dry grasslands and some herbs such as cypress spurge, viper's bugloss and Rhenish knapweed grow between shrubs of purple willow on the open gravel areas. To the west of the road and right next to the pit, a large meadow interspersed with poplars is regularly mown and thus kept clear. Here, similar to the nearby Totengrien, a species-rich rough grassland can develop. In the meantime, the Huttinger gravel pit has been given the status of a nature reserve because of its biodiversity and the varied habitats it offers over an area of about 30 hectares erhalten.


Meals can only be taken out of the rucksack on the way. However, there are various shops and restaurants in Efringen-Kirchen.

Other greenbelt sites in the vicinity 

Nature reserve l'Ile du Rhin 

Isteiner Klotz 

Totengrien Istein 

Isteiner Schwellen 

Further information

Here you will find further information from our partner on gravel pit habitats.


  • Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Walk

  • Bicycle, Car

  • Food must be brought along

  • Cultural landscape / meadows, Insects, Reptiles, Specific fauna

  • Buggies, Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Pets, School classes, Walkers, Wheelchair


Travelling by public transport is complicated. Arrival by car is therefore recommended. Parking spaces are available just after the motorway subway, only a few hundred metres from the gravel group.

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