What can one do in Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät Nature Reserve?
Walk on Marked Trails
The area is a popular hiking destination. There is a total of about 30 km of hiking trails, along which you can find several maintained resting places.
Go Wilderness Trekking
The area is traversed by the eastern branch of the UKK Trail, so there are good opportunities for hiking. If you go south, the trail leads to the Elimyssalo Nature Reserve and onwards in the direction of the population centre of Kuhmo. In the north, the trail goes through the Juortanansalo - Lapinsuo Mire Reserve to Suomussalmi, where the trail's name changes to ‘Itäraja Hiking Trail'.
Go Canoeing and Rowing
Lakes Iso-Palonen and Veräinen as well as smaller nearby lakes are ideal for canoeing and rowing. The lakes are part of the so-called Kalliojoki Canoeing Route and the Viiksimonjoki Route.
Go Bird Watching
The abundant birdlife of the area consists of species characteristic of heath forests. There are no special observation sites or towers.
See the Visitor Centre or the Nature Information Hut
The Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola, located near the population centre of Kuhmo, provides additional information about the Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät Nature Reserve
Ski Cross-country off Trails and Go Ski Trekking
You can ski cross-country in Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät, but there are no maintained trails in the area. However, snowmobile tracks can be used for skiing.
Go Snowshoe Walking
The area with its varying landscape provides good opportunities for snowshoeing.
Cycling is allowed on roads, marked trails and unused forest roads.
Fishing licences can be bought at Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola and from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi).
In the Iso-Palonen - Maariansärkät Nature Reserve, hunting on state-owned lands is allowed for local residents in accordance with the hunting regulations and the valid rules and regulations of the area. Out-of-towners are not allowed to hunt in the area.
For potential hunting restrictions, see www.riista.fi
Go Berry and Mushroom Picking
Berry and mushroom picking is allowed in the area. There are lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus), bog bilberries (Vaccinium uliginosum) and crowberries (Empetrum nigrum), as well as cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus) and cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccus) in mires. The mushrooms are those found in barren pine forests.