Source: Veljo Laugamõts
Haanja Nature Park is located in the heart of Võru County, in the Haanja Uplands, the highest area in Estonia (about 18% of the area lies higher than 250 m from sea level. The nature park (its area is about 17,000 ha) was established to secure the preservation, re-establishment and development of the landscapes and nature communities typical to the Haanja Uplands and also the historically established way of life, i.e. farmhouses spread far apart, small plots of land, pastures and grasslands and handicraft traditions due to poor arable land. Within the nature park there are the highest point of the Baltic States – Suur Munamägi (318 m) and the deepest lake in Estonia – Rõuge Suurjärv (38 m).