History and Sights in Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve

Hepoköngäs Water Fall

A waterfall photographed from below leading down from the top of the flat rocks to the river. A few spruce trees grow on the rocks.One of the Finland's highest natural waterfalls, fall measures 24 metres in height.

  • From the parking area there is a 600 metres long trail, which of 300 metres is covered by boards. At the end of the trail there is a lookout platform, from which there is a great view of the waterfall and the river valley. Place is also accessible.
  • an accessible dry toilet and an information board can both be found at the parking area.
  • Hepoköngäs Waterfall has in the past been a popular place for locals to gather during mid-Summer. Today people gather at the falls mainly on Independence Day at which time the waterfall is illuminated.

Hepököngäs is not the highest natural waterfall in Finland. The highest is Korkeakoski Falls at Maaninka in Eastern Finland.Its total drop measures 46 metres.

Log floatings in Heinijoki

In the early 1900s log floating was practiced along the River Heinijoki, which flows through the Hepoköngäs area. In the rocky and winding river wood broke and splintered and log floating was not profitable.