TOP 10 hiking trails

Source: Sven Zacek

TOP 10 hiking trails

Hiking, running, biking - whatever your activity of choice, Estonia’s nature trails will take you through national parks, forests, bogs and along the sea. Breathe some of the purest air in the world and follow in the tracks of fox, rabbits and moose. The following trails range from easy to advanced, some even accessible for wheelchair users.

Kakerdaja bog hiking trail

Järva maakond, Vetepere küla

This bog is one of the largest bogs in Kõrvemaa: about 1,000 hectares. The picturesque high bog with many bog pools is made unique thanks to the fact that the bog is located at two different heights. In spring and autumn, thousands of waterfowl stop in the bog pools. Lake Kakerdaja lies in the middle of the bog. The 2.6 ha Hiiesaare marsh island with a species-rich stand, which was probably an ancient place of shelter and sacrifice, is located three-quarters of a kilometre east of Lake Kakerdaja. 4 kilometres of the nature trail is covered with a boardwalk. In 2020, reflectors were installed on the Kalajärve part of Kakerdaja trail (3.4 km). We recommend bringing a flashlight.

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Keila-Joa Park nature trail

Harju maakond, Keila-Joa alevik

The 3 km long nature trail in Keila-Joa Park runs along the banks of the Keila River and through the Keila-Joa Park, where there are a number of stairs and suspension bridges. There is an information board with a map and general information at the beginning of the trail, and 8 information points on the trail introducing the most important natural objects and the park's history.  Make sure to check out Mati Karmin's sculpture of hearts, which newlyweds attach their wedding padlocks to. At the beginning of the trail, there is a car park. The trail is also suitable for families with children. The renovated stairs will not cause any trouble for our younger visitors, as they can easily climb them by holding onto their parents' hands. Additionally, there are a number of benches on the trail, which are perfect for resting your feet or stopping for a refreshing drink.

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Viru Bog trail

Harju maakond, Kolga alevik

Viru Bog, one of the most accessible bogs in Estonia, passes through the forest and bog landscapes characteristic of Lahemaa National Park. The trail is 3.5 km and the lap is 6 km long. The study trail introduces the bog's flora, former sand dunes, eskers, and heath forest. There is a boardwalk with an observation tower in the middle of it. The trail is marked and there are signposts. Good to know: the boardwalk leading to the observation tower (1,400 meters) is accessible to wheelchair users and families with strollers. The entrance to the first viewing platform was also designed with accessibility in mind. To preserve the flora and soil, only walk on the boardwalk. Not suitable for cyclists.  

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Oandu-Ikla hiking trail

Lääne-Viru maakond, Oandu küla

The RMK hiking trail is the first hiking trail to pass through all of Estonia. Covering 370 km, the trail starts in northern Estonia, at Oandu in Lahemaa National Park, and leads the hiker through the dense forests of Kõrvemaa and then onto the Soomaa National Park - one of the most magnificent marshlands in Europe. Outfitted with kilometre marks and signposts to help you stay on the right path, information boards along the trail introduce information on Estonian forestry and the country's forest-related heritage and culture, as well as opportunities for relaxation. Passing through a total of six counties, two national parks and nine nature reserves, the hiking trail ends at the border between Estonia and Latvia in Ikla.

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Taevaskoda nature trail

Põlva maakond, Taevaskoja küla

Come and walk with your family or ride a scooter on the Taevaskoda hiking trail, located in the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. The trail starts in the Saesaare car park and runs along both banks of River Ahja where you will see the Suur ja Väike Taevaskoda sandstone outcrops, caves with springs, and can take in many picturesque views. At the beginning of the hiking trail, there is an information board with a map of the recreational area and the trail. On the trail, signs in Estonian, English, and Russian will help you find the way. Visitors in a wheelchair can explore the trail until the Väike Taevaskoda sandstone outcrop (about 2 km back and forth). Good to know: you can see kingfishers flying around while walking in Taevaskoda.

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Harilaiu hiking trails and camping site

Saare maakond, Kõruse-Metsaküla

Harilaiu Peninsula is the most beautiful and ancient part of Vilsandi National Park. It has been a protected area for fauna, flora, and geological study since 1924. The Harilaiu hiking trail starts from the car park of the Harilaiu recreation site of the State Forest Management Centre. The longer 10 km marked trail passes over the Harilaiu isthmus and runs to the Kiipsaare lighthouse in the northwest. After that, it follows the dunes on the beach to Kelba point and then back to the beginning of the trail. The 6 km trail splits from the longer trail in the middle of the peninsula and runs towards Haabade Bay where it joins the longer trail again in the south. If you want, you can take a break and put up a tent by Laialepa Bay. It would be sensible to visit the Vilsandi information point in Loona first.

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Vapramäe-Vellavere-Vitipalu hiking trails

Tartu maakond, Vissi küla

Vapramäe, Vellavere and Vitipalu are areas with beautiful nature that are connected by a network of hiking trails. You can come and look around on your own, or order guide services and a hiking package. The most valuable features of the landscape protection area are its diverse terrain, the sand outcrop of the valley of the River Elva and the flooded meadows that have been preserved and restored on the flood plains. When walking in Vapramäe, you will get an excellent workout from walking across the eskers; during the walk, you can read the legends of Kalevipoeg. Vellavere will enchant you with its village landscape. Vellavere and Vapramäe have Nature Houses. When walking along our trail, you'll come across a witch's dwelling, a forest cabin, a watchtower, climbing attractions and a village swing.

Hüpassaare Study Trail

Viljandi maakond, Karjasoo küla

The 5-kilometre long Hüpassaare hiking trail winds through stunning forest to the Kuresoo bog. The trail starts at a campfire site, where it is possible to grill and camp. The boardwalk passes through a landscape of unique, oval-shaped bog pools to a viewing platform where you can rest your legs and admire the tranquility of the bog. The boardwalk then takes you to a bog island, where you can observe the to-ings and fro-ings of the resident crows, and onto a meadow covered with a scattering of trees. At the end of the trail, you will find the Mart Saar Museum.

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RMK Rannametsa–Tolkuse nature and study trail

Pärnu maakond, Rannametsa küla

The dunes of Rannametsa have always been a popular place among hikers. It includes a nature and study trail with information boards in order to better introduce the Luitemaa Nature Reserve to visitors. The circular trail, which partly runs on a boardwalk, passes through the pine forest on the dunes and Tolkuse bog and leads to the largest bog-pool of the bog. The trail includes several points of interest, bog lakes, and rest spots. Next to the trail, there is an 18-metre-high observation tower on the highest dune in Estonia, Tornimägi, which provides a magnificent view of Tolkuse bog and Pärnu Bay. Be careful on the trail as the boardwalk is old and needs some renovation.

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Mukri bog nature trail

Rapla maakond, Reonda küla

Mukri bog that formed around 9,000 or 10,000 years ago was once a lake. It is thought to be one of Estonia's oldest bogs. Did you know...? *Mukri bog has a 14-metre viewing tower. *A boardwalk leads the way through the bog. *Lake Mukri covers 2.2 ha and is full of little islands. *If you're not afraid of inky black water, the bog is perfect for swimming. *You can pick berries in the bog. *Mukri bog is one of the few wetland areas in Estonia you can cross without getting your feet wet. *If the boardwalk seems too pedestrian, you can always try bog-shoeing.

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