Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park Trails
Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park is ideal for both a day trips and camping. Two circle trails of different types introduce visitors to the diverse nature of the area.
Starting points for trails
Salomaa parking area, Kyrönkankaantie 345, Karvia
Nummikangas parking area, Kauhajoki
Katikankanjoni parking area, Kiviluomantie 461, 61950 Juonikylä (Kauhajoki)
In the snow-free season, walking time 2 hours.
An easy trail.
Kauhalammin kierros trail brings you to the very essence of the mire. The trail introduces visitors to the geology, nature and cultural history of raised bogs and is one of the finest duckboard paths in Southern Finland. Magnificent mire landscapes can be admired from a viewing tower on the way.
The trail has two official starting points:
Starting point 1, address: Nummikangas Kyrönkangas museum road, Kauhajoki (pdf, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish)
Coordinates: (WGS84) N62° 12.9374' E22° 26.8403'
Starting point 2, address: Salomaa Kyrönkankaantie 357, Karvia (pdf, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish)
Coordinates: (WGS84) N62° 11.6893' E22° 26.9694'
Campfire sites, dry toilets and wells in Salomaa and Nummikangas. The water in Salomaa well should be boiled before drinking. There is also an area for tents and an accessible dry toilet in Salomaa. Please bring your own toilet paper.
Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park is one of the most unspoilt wilderness destinations in Southern Finland with its mires and arid pine heaths. The best views over Kauhaneva raised bog can be enjoyed from the viewing tower in Nummikangas.
Although the section of the circular trail is 2.7 km, the trail will have some additional length depending on the parking area. Starting from the Salomaa parking area, the total length of the trail is about 3.5 km, and from Nummikangas about 5 km. The trail is marked with signposts.
From Salomaa parking area, the trail follows a forest path to a campfire site.
The trail continues counter-clockwise, as an accessible trail section along the forest and the edge of the mires towards Kauhalammi. A wide wooden structure runs along the route. If you wish, you can take a detour to the nature tower located a short distance from Nummikangas. The trail continues with a duckboard section of 1.6 km across the open mires of Kauhaneva.
In the snow-free season, walking time 1 to 2 hours.
A challenging trail.
Katikankanjonin polku trail leads visitors to a mysterious ravine eroded by flowing water and shaded by spruce forests. Over 9,000 years, streams have gouged their way through the sandy heath and carried away enormous quantities of soil. What remains is a network of 20-metre canyons with exceptionally steep walls.
Address: Katikankanjoni parking area, Kiviluomantie 461, 61950 Juonikylä (Kauhajoki) (pdf, julkaisut.metsa.fi, in Finnish)
Coordinates: (WGS84) N62° 14.3616' E 22° 19.4232'
Katikanluoma lean-to shelter, campfire site and dry toilet. Please bring your own toilet paper.
Katikankanjoni canyons and steep slopes. Kolmentuulenlakki sand ridge.
The trail is marked with signposts. It takes in the slopes and valleys of Katinkankanjoni. While the path has been levelled, there are a few extremely steep slopes on the way. Rather than steps, a rope is provided for support on these sections. The trail goes through dry heath terrain, with duckboards to take visitors across a few wet areas. The trail crosses Katinkaluoma stream along sturdy bridges.
National cycling trail no 44 goes along Kyrönkangas summer road through Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park. Kyrönkangas summer road is an unpaved museum road. National cycling trail no 47 leads to nearby Lauhanvuori National Park. Trail 47 joins route 44 in Kantti village, Karvia. The national cycling trails are marked with brown signs of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.
Check for Warnings
When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally.