Activities in Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve

Hiking

In the area there is a good trail (600 metres) leading to the waterfall. This trail connects to the UKK Hiking Trail, which portion in the municipality of Puolanka is called Tonkohuikonen.

Wilderness Trekking

The marked trails on the area are part of the 60 kilometres long UKK Hiking Trail, which portion in the municipality of Puolanka is called Tonkohuikonen. Along the trail there is a lean-to shelter.

Also Köngäskierros Circle Trail (57 km), which leads from Paljakka ski centre to Ukkohalla (ukkohalla.fi) and back, leads via the south side of the area. There is a connecting trail measuring 9,5 km from the UKK Hiking trail to this circle trail.

Sights and Scenery

Hepoköngäs is one of the Finland's highest natural waterfalls and a popular sight. The waterfall is 24 metres high. It is at its most magnificent during the spring and early summer, when melt waters cause the river to swell. The waterfall's rumbling can at that time be heard a couple hundreds metres away.

There are lookout platforms at the waterfall, which are accessible also by wheelchair. From the parking area it is 300 metres to the top lookout platform and 640 metres to the lower one. During winter the road leading to Hepoköngäs Waterfall is kept clear of snow up to the parking area.

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