Directions to Helvetinjärvi National Park
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Helvetinjärvi National Park is located in the region of Pohjois-Pirkanmaa, about 50 km north of Tampere. The main roads from the Ruovesi, Kuru and Virrat directions have signs to the area.
To the Hiking Trails
The hiking trails start at the Haukanhieta and Kankimäki parking areas. Starting points for the hiking trails.
By Car to Helvetinjärvi
Haukanhieta parking area, in the western part of the park, 34600 Ruovesi. Use the search term Haukanhieta, Ruovesi to find the parking area in Google Maps. From the Kuru-Virrat road (road 65), turn east onto Haukkajoentie, and then left onto Haukkamaantie. Follow the signs to the left towards Haukanhieta. Space for approximately 20 cars. Winter maintenance (a few days delay in ploughing the roads after a snowfall).
Kankimäki parking area / Helvetin Portti, Helvetinkoluntie 775, 34600 Ruovesi. The Kankimäki parking area is managed by the Helvetin Portti restaurant (helvetinportti.fi).
There is a separate parking area for caravans and trailers at Haukanhieta, which is on the left side of the road before the actual parking area. The Helvetin Portti restaurant (helvetinportti.fi) provides services for caravans at Kankimäki.
By Bus to Helvetinjärvi
There is no public transportation to the national park. The nearest bus stops are located along the main roads, approximately 10 km from the national park.
On school days, a regular bus (matkahuolto.fi) runs between Ruovesi and Virrat. It stops at the Helvetinkoluntie crossroads. It is about 10 km from the crossroads to Helvetinkolu in the eastern part of the park.
There are daily coach services (matkahuolto.fi) from Tampere to Ruovesi and Kuru.