Customer Service and Guidance


Drinking Water

  • Drinking water is available at Häme Nature Centre, Eerikkilä Sports Institute and Lounais-Hämeen Pirtti Estate.
  • Read tips on drinking water on the Hiking in Finland pages.


Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the trail. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a toilet and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire.
  • There are bins for mixed waste in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area at the lake shore by the visitor centre and in Folk Park of Saari at the parking area, as well as, at the beach.
  • There are bins for mixed waste and energy waste at Eerikkilä Sports Institute.
  • Read more about Hiking Without Littering.


Campfire Sites

  • Campfire sites in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area:
    • There is a campfire site and a lean-to shelter on the east shore of Myllylahti Bay.
    • The Meidän Metsä (our forest) lean-to shelter is situated at Toralahti Bay in the western part of the area.
    • Additionally there is a company lean-to shelter in the vicinity of the visitor centre, which can only be used by reservation. Reservations can be made at the visitor centre.
  • Campfire sites in Folk Park of Saari:
    • There are campfire sites near the beaches at Lake Kuivajärvi and Lake Suujärvi.
    • There is a campfire site as well as a lean-to shelter on the nature trail at the tip of a cape.
  • Lighting campfires is forbidden also at the constructed campfire sites if the forest fire warning is in effect.
  • More information about lighting campfires can be found at Hiking in Finland.


Firewood Supply

  • Lean-to shelters are supplied with firewood as well as tools to cut it with.

Maintenance and Management

  • The municipality of Tammela (www.tammela.fi, in Finnish), tel. int. +358 3 412 01, maintains the trail as well as Folk Park of Saari, while the Ruostejärvi Area Management Committee, tel. int. +358 3 414 11, maintains Ruostejärvi Recreation Area.


Toilets

  • There are dry toilets in the same building as the dressing rooms at Lake Ruostejärvi beach. The dry toilets are open during the summer 9 am to 8 pm every day. During the rest of the year visitors can ask for a key to the dry toilets at Häme Visitor Centre.
  • In Ruostejärvi Recreation Area there are dry toilets near both the Myllylahti and Toralahti lean-to shelters.
  • There is a toilet and a toilet for the disabled at Häme Visitor Centre.
  • There are toilets at both Eerikkilä Sports Institute and Lounais-Hämeen Pirtti Estate.
  • There is a dry toilet near the lean-to shelter in Folk Park of Saari. There is a toilet as well as a toilet for the disabled in the kiosk building (on the shore of Lake Kuivajärvi near road 2823), which are open during summertime.


Overnight Stays

Camping and Lean-to Shelters

  • There are no official camping spots by the trail, but Everyman's Rights ensure that hikers may campout in tents for short periods.
  • There are two lean-to shelters in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area, which each have a campfire site and may be used by the public. One of the lean-to shelters is situated next to the trail on the eastern shore of Myllylahti Bay. The other lean-to shelter is in the western part of the area on the shore of Toralahti Bay on same cape as the Forssa town (www.forssa.fi) camping centre. Lapiniemi lean-to shelter is a reservable lean-to, which can be reserved for a fee at Häme Nature Centre.
  • There is a lean-to shelter in Folk Park of Saari, near Lake Kuivajärvi, in the Raanpää area.

Myllylahti lean-to shelter. Photo: Outi Mäenpää

Other Services

  • Häme Nature Centre is located in Ruostejärvi Recreation Area, and offers visitors information on hiking destinations in the surrounding area. There is a café/restaurant at the visitor centre.
  • Eerikkilä Sports Institute (www.eerikkila.fi), in addition to lodging, restaurant and cafe services, offers versatile sports services. Eerikkilä includes a swimming hall and the option of renting sauna.
  • Kaukolaharju scenic lookout tower, from which a spectacular view of the area's ridge and lake landscape opens, is situated in the Folk Park of Saari. The tower is open to the public during the summer for a small entrance fee.
  • Lounais-Hämeen pirtti Estate in the Folk Park of Saari houses a cafe and restaurant. It is open during summer.
  • Venesilta Camping Ground is situated near the Folk Park of Saari.
  • More services can be found in Forssa (www.forssa.fi) and Tammela (www.tammela.fi, in Finnish).