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Piusa River Ancient Valley landscape reserve

Address: Vana-Vastseliina park, Vana-Vastseliina küla, Vastseliina vald, Võru maakond | Show on map

The Piusa River Ancient Valley landscape reserve was established to protect the valley through which the Piusa River flows and its Devonian-period sandstone outcrops. The reserve extends through three municipalities: Meremäe, Vastseliina and Orava. The valley is up to 35 m deep and 300 m wide in places. The water from the river has been used in the past in 11 mills, of which the Kelba, Tamme and Väike-Härma mills remain. The sights of greatest natural value on the reserve are its 12 sandstone outcrops, ranging from 6-44 m in height and 20-130 m long. The tallest are known as the Härma walls. To explore the reserve, we recommend taking the Piusa hiking trail, which is 15 km long.

Times and prices

Is open 24 hours

Free of charge.


  • Information boards
  • Recreation area/picnic ground
  • Hiking trails
  • Camping area
  • Free parking


Seminar and conference rooms