In Holzwickede one of the most important rivers in the region has its source – the River Emscher. The source is located south of the town and is an attractive excursion destination in the Ruhr Area.
The Source of the Emscher can be the starting point for scenic bike rides or hikes. In this way, for example, the Emscher Park cycle route as part of the Route of Industrial Heritage by bike links numerous industrial monuments in the Ruhr Area. Further attractions for a short trip to Holzwickede are the Hilgenbaum tree, Opherdicke moated castle and the Kellerkopf monument (to WWI soldiers).