Activities in Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park
Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park is located along the medieval Kyrönkangas road in the middle of some of the most breathtaking wetland scenery in Southern Finland. The park is a great destination for birdwatchers in the spring; at other times of the year, visitors get to enjoy the tranquillity of wetland wilderness.
Please remember that parts of the park are closed to the public during the bird breeding season from 1 April to 15 September.
Climb up the birdwatching tower on the north side of Lake Kauhalammi and scan the wetland for cranes, whooper swans, gulls and waders. The birdwatching tower is located close to Nummikangas campfire site.
Sights and Scenery
The medieval Kyrönkangas road takes you to the heart of the park's breathtaking wetland scenery. The birdwatching tower on the north side of Lake Kauhalammi offers stunning views over the raised bog of Kauhaneva with its varied wetland terrain and numerous species of wetland birds.
- Skiing: Skiing is a good way to enjoy the tranquillity of the vast wetland in the winter. Skiing is permitted throughout the park, although there are no maintained ski trails.
- Fishing is prohibited, except in Kauhalampi Lake, where hook and line fishing and ice fishing are permitted. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- Pick Berries and Mushrooms: There are no restrictions on berry and mushroom picking in the park.
- Walk on Marked Trails: There is a trail around Lake Kauhalammi (4–5 km), which can be accessed from the car parks of Nummikangas and Salomaa. Parts of the trail run along the medieval Kyrönkangas road, and there is also a two-kilometre duckboard section.
- Mountain biking: The national cycling route No 44 passes through the park. The route runs along the medieval Kyrönkangas road and connects Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park to Lauhanvuori National Park. Mountain biking is allowed according to everyman's rights except in the restricted areas. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
- Swimming: There is no official beach in the park but there is a jetty along the shores of Lake Kauhalammi which makes a good spot for swimming.