Accessible Services in Liesjärvi National Park
At 3.8 km long, the Peukaloinen Trail in Liesjärvi National Park is one of the longest accessible trails in Finland. The trail passes through pine forests, over a charming bridge, past glittering mire lakes and through a fabulous mossy spruce forest. You can admire the scenery and observe the fascinating details of nature at picnic areas along the trail.
The accessible picnic areas at Peukalolammi and Kaksvetinen allow fully equal access, making it possible for everyone to spend time together and enjoy the atmosphere of a real campfire. The accessible cooking shelter near the trail is suitable as a base for various group excursions.
There is no winter maintenance on accessible trails and structures.
Liesjärvi accessible circle trail
The flat forest trail, which has been reinforced with stone dust, is well suited for using various mobility aids or prams. There is some difference in elevation at both ends of the trail on the forest road sections. Hills make the accessible trail demanding, which means that those travelling with mobility aids may need an assistant. You can determine whether a trail is suited for you by studying the trail descriptions before arriving.
Other easy routes
With an assistant, visitors can hike the Kyynäränharju esker from the Kopinlahti parking area. The trail is part of the Häme Lynx Trail (hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish) and follows a somewhat wide forest trail on the Kyynäränharju esker for about 1.5 km. On this section there are some differences in elevation and the terrain is rugged. Please note that cyclists and horseback riders may also travel along the Kyynäränharju esker. There is an ordinary (non-accessible) dry toilet in the parking area. Please note that an accessible dry toilet will be installed in spring 2023. The trail is not maintained during the winter.
Other trails in Liesjärvi
Accessibility in hiking structures
Peukalolamminkangas parking area
It is easy to find the starting point of the Liesjärvi National Park accessible trail at the Peukalolamminkangas parking area with the help of a navigator (Kanteluksentie 580). The parking area is flat and the hard ground is covered with slightly coarse gravel and crushed rock. Accessible parking spaces are not separately marked. Bus parking spaces are marked separately near the beginning of the trail. The parking area has an information board that is easily accessible. There is no roof over the information board.
The Peukalolammi picnic area is 500 metres from the starting point of the trail. The information board at the picnic area has a map of the national park. The map can easily be viewed at close range. There is no roof over the information board and the text on the map is printed in a small font size. There are two picnic tables at the picnic area. Wheelchair users can sit at the table ends.
Ground surface: The picnic area is surfaced with stone dust. The surrounding area is otherwise rugged in places.
Lean-to shelter and firepit: Sitting and standing up in a lean-to shelter can be difficult because the lean-to shelter has a low seat level and a rather low roof. The campfire pit in front of the lean-to shelter is low to the ground. Visitors in wheelchairs can get close to the firepit.
Dry toilet: The picnic area currently has two dry toilet buildings. The old dry toilet building has one ordinary and one accessible dry toilet. The toilet doors are not clearly distinguishable from the wall. The accessible toilet is marked. There is no pull handle on the door. The interior of the accessible toilet is dark, so it may be difficult to distinguish the black toilet seat from the dark floor. The window lets in only a little light. You may need your own light source in the toilet, also during daylight hours. There is little space on both sides of the toilet seat and there are no handrails. Please note that a new dry toilet building has been installed at the Peukalolammi picnic area. The building will serve as the accessible dry toilet beginning in the spring of 2023. The old accessible dry toilet will be in use until then. The ordinary dry toilet in the new building is already available for use.
The woodshed is not accessible. The woodshed is located further away in the forest, so the terrain leading to it is criss-crossed by tree roots. The woodshed also has a high threshold.
The Kaksvetinen picnic area is about 1.9 kilometres from the starting point. The picnic area is located on the shore of a beautiful mire lake, Kaksvetinen. The picnic area information board is attached to the wall of the woodshed. The information board at the picnic area has a map of the national park. The font size used on the map is small, but the map can easily be viewed at close range.
Ground surface: Flat and surfaced with stone dust.
Kaksvetinen Campfire hut: The width of the Campfire hut door is 90 cm. It is dark inside the Campfire hut.
In the middle of the hut is a low fireplace and chimney. The fireplace is 60 cm in height. Benches approximately 43 cm in height line the walls of the Campfire hut.
Campfire site: The benches are low, so sitting down and standing up from them can be difficult. The fireplace is low to the ground. Visitors in wheelchairs can easily reach the campfire.
Dry toilet: There is an accessible toilet on the left side of the dry toilet building. It can be access by a ramp. The door is not clearly distinguishable from the wall. The accessible toilet is marked. There is no pull handle on the door. The interior of the accessible toilet is dark, so it may be difficult to distinguish the black toilet seat from the dark floor. The window lets in only a little light. You may need your own light source in the toilet, also during daylight hours. There is little space on both sides of the toilet seat and there are no handrails. Please note that a new dry toilet building has been installed at the Kaksvetinen picnic area. The building will serve as the accessible dry toilet beginning in the spring of 2023. The old accessible dry toilet will be in use until then. The ordinary dry toilet in the new building is already available for use.
The woodshed at the end of the old dry toilet building is not accessible due to its high threshold.
Rest stops along the trail
In addition to the picnic areas, there are five picnic tables along the trail for taking a break, admiring the landscape and having a bite to eat. Wheelchair users can sit at the table ends.
Other accessible services
The Tittilampi cooking shelter is a reservable accessible cooking shelter, with an accessible camping area next to it. Staying overnight in the cooking shelter is prohibited. Only visitors who have reserved the cooking shelter for 24 hours can stay overnight at the campsite.
The main parking area for the Tittilampi cooking shelter is Peukalolamminkangas. The distance from the parking area to Tittilampi is approximately 1.6 km. If necessary, it is also possible to drive to the Tittilampi grounds. There is a boom at the beginning of the forest road leading from the parking area to Tittilampi. The gate can be opened using the key to the key box. The location of the key box and the access code to it are sent along with the purchase invoice.
Ground surface: On the road leading to the cooking shelter, around the buildings and in the accessible camping area, the level ground is surfaced with compacted stone dust.
Cooking shelter: The cooking shelter has two long picnic tables. The table is 77 cm and seats are 46 cm in height. Wheelchair users can sit at the table ends. In the middle of the shelter is a fireplace and chimney. The fireplace is 87 cm in height. On the wall of the shelter is a counter and coathooks at different heights.
Campsite and lean-to shelter: There is a lean-to shelter at the edge of the campsite. Sitting and standing up in a lean-to shelter can be difficult because the lean-to shelter has a low seat level and a rather low roof. There is no firepit in front of the lean-to shelter.
Dry toilet: The accessible dry toilet is on the left side of the toilet building and the ordinary dry toilet is on the right side. There is a service room in the middle of the building. The toilet doors can be clearly distinguished from the wall, but they are not marked with signs. A wooden ramp without handrails leads to the accessible toilet. The width of the door opening is approximately 90 cm. There is no pull handle on the door. The interior of the accessible toilet is dark, but the window provides some light. You may need your own light source in the toilet, also during daylight hours. The white toilet seat stands out in the dark. The toilet seat is fitted with handrails. There is empty space on both sides of the toilet seat, thus giving the user access independently or with assistance. Please note that the threshold to the ordinary dry toilets is high and has no steps.
Next to the cooking shelter is a building with accessible woodsheds on either end. There is a storage shed in the middle. It is not accessible due to its high threshold.
Korteniemi Heritage Farm
Korteniemi Heritage Farm is one of Liesjärvi National Park's best-known attractions. The Heritage Farm is open during the summer season.
There is an accessible dry toilet in the Korteniemi parking area. The Korteniemi Heritage Farm can be reached by visitors in wheelchairs along a sandy forest road, which runs approximately 300 metres from the parking area. Because the sandy road crosses the esker, it rises sharply at its beginning and then begins to descend after reaching the top of the esker. If necessary, visitors can drive from the parking area and stop near the Korteniemi farm grounds to drop off and pick up people. Otherwise, cars must be parked in the Korteniemi parking area. The Korteniemi hut is accessible by wheelchair on ramps placed upon request. An assistant is recommended.
Visitors to Liesjärvi National Park can contact the park’s partner businesses to enquire about guided excursions for people with reduced mobility, hikers with children and beginner hikers, including groups. Partners page.