Starting Points for Excursions

  • Häme Nature Centre in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area is the starting point for the Ruostejärvi - Liesjärvi National Park Trail. The trail can be travelled when the ground is not frozen.


Trail Markings

The trail is marked in the terrain with 1.2 m high poles, which carry a green Hämeen ilvesreitti sign. Additionally there are yellow lynx symbols painted onto tree trunks.


Trail Sections

The Ruostejärvi - Liesjärvi National Park Trail is not a circle trail, but rather it branches off in two different directions. The trail begins at Ruostejärvi Recreation Area and both forks of the trail lead along the same route for just under 3 km at the beginning. The two forks separate at Tapola Village.

  • Ruostejärvi - Korteniemi Heritage Farm in Liesjärvi National Park, 12 km
  • Ruostejärvi - Tervalamminsuo and Onkimaanjärvi area in Liesjärvi National Park, 24 km.

Ruostejärvi - Korteniemi Heritage Farm in Liesjärvi National Park, 12 km

  • The trail begins in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area at Häme Visitor Centre. The trail sets off from the visitor centre and the recreation area's gate structure and leads along duckboards to the bottom of Myllylahti Bay in Lake Ruostejärvi. At Myllylahti Bay (a bit in the direction of Eerikkilä) there is a lean-to shelter base. From Myllylahti Bay the trail continues across Härkätie road and through forest areas to Tapola Village. At Tapola Village the trail forks in two directions.
  • Lake Tapolanjärvi. Photo: Outi MäenpääFrom Tapola the trail continues into Liesjärvi National Park along forest roads and natural paths and reaches Lake Tapolanjärvi, where there is a campfire site. From the campfire site the trail heads south to the naturally beautiful narrow Kyynäränharju Ridge, which is 6 km from the trail's starting point. Kyynäränharju Ridge is a miniature version of Punkaharju Ridge and it is surrounded by water in all sides.
  • From the campfire site at Lake Tapolanjärvi there is also a connecting trail to the east towards Kaksvetinen Nature Trail, which then continues as a circle trail leading back to the visitor centre.
  • After passing Kyynäränharju Ridge the trail leads along natural paths partly in the national park's oldest grand coniferous forest landscape. After this forest area the trail reaches Korteniemi Heritage Farm on the shore of Lake Liesjärvi, where visitors can wander around the old forest ranger estate and admire its heritage landscape.

Ruostejärvi - Tervalamminsuo and Onkimaanjärvi area in Liesjärvi National Park, 24 km

  • The trail begins in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area at Häme Visitor Centre. The trail sets off from the visitor centre and the recreation area's gate structure and leads along duckboards to the bottom of Myllylahti Bay in Lake Ruostejärvi. At Myllylahti Bay (a bit in the direction of Eerikkilä) there is a lean-to shelter base. From Myllylahti Bay the trail continues across Härkätie road and through forest areas to Tapola Village. At Tapola Village the trail forks in two directions.
  • At Tapola the trail turns to the left off the trail leading to Korteniemi. The trail leads through Sammalsuo Mire and meets up with the road, from where it then turns left to the shore of Lake Kaksvetinen and joins with Kaksvetinen Nature Trail. The distance from Ruostejärvi Recreation Area to Kaksvetinen is about 6 km. There is a Lappish kota hut on the shore of Lake Kaksvetinen and a lean-to shelter at Lake Peukalolammi.
  • There is a connecting trail from Kaksvetinen Nature Trail to Lake Tapolanjärvi, from where visitors can reach Kyynäränharju Ridge and Korteniemi Heritage Farm or continue along a circle trail back to the trail's starting point in Ruostejärvi.
  • From Lake Peukalomlammi the trail heads east towards Liesjärvi Village. The trail exits the national park and leads along Kantelus local road over a bridge which crosses the northern end of Lake Liesjärvi and into the Liesjärvi Forestry College's forest. At this point the trail follows the shore of Lake Liesjärvi for about 100 m and there is an opportunity to go for a swim. There is no official beach.
  • After passing the newest part of Liesjärvi National Park by the old Forestry College the trail crosses a local road at the village sports field. The trail leads along a forest road to the east and crosses Suo-ojantie road, then leading through Hevosojansuo Mire towards Lake Heinissuonlammi. Lake Heinissuonlammi is approximately 15 km from the trail's starting point. Before Lake Heinissuonlammi there is a trail intersection from where the trail heading south leads to Lake Onkimaanjärvi. The trail which heads north from the intersection leads into the Melkuttimet Reserve and on from there to Räyskälä.
  • From Heinisuo Mire the trail continues south along natural trails, forest roads and machine tracks past Lake Herttuanjärvi to Lake Onkimaanjärvi. This part of the track isn't that well marked, so a map is good to have with you. Here, in the eastern portion of the national park on the northern shore of Lake Onkimaanjärvi there is a lean-to shelter, a campfire site and a dry toilet. The shoreline next to the lean-to shelter is rocky and is therefore not suited for swimming. Onkimaanjärvi is approximately 24 km from the trail's starting point.
    • From the Onkimaanjärvi lean-to shelter hikers can still continue along the trail to the east following the Lake Onkimaanjärvi shoreline to the east side of the lake. Before the south-eastern bottom of the lake the trail base enters the town of Karkkila's lands. The Uusimaa Recreation Area Association's recreation area is located to the southeast of Lake Onkimaanjärvi.


Connecting Trails

One part of the trail is marked with the Häme Ilvesreitti Trail network metal plaques. Photo: Outi Mäenpää

Hiking Trails

The trail is part of the over 200 km long Häme Ilvesreitti Trail Network (www.hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish), which means there are sample opportunities for longer treks. For example, from Ruostejärvi there are trails to Folk Park of Saari as well as to Räyskälä in Loppi and on from there along the Härkätie trails to the town of Hämeenlinna. From Onkimaanjärvi there are connecting trails to the Karkkila outdoor trails network.

Canoeing Routes

The River Loimijoki canoe route begins in Liesjärvi National Park and leads through Liesjärvi Village.

Biking Trails

National cycling routes lead through both Ruostejärvi Recreation Area and Liesjärvi National Park. For more information see the Häme Lake Uplands outdoor map (infogis.infokartta.fi, in Finnish).

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen

Dogs must be kept on a leash!