Hiking Trails

Starting Points for Trails

The area's nature trails and Lapinniemenpolku Trail are accessible from the Häme Nature Centre's grounds. All other trails have a starting point at the parking area. All the area's trails are also accessible from Eerikkälä Sports Institute.

Photo: Elina Nystedt

Nature Trails

  • Muurahaispolku (ant trail), 0.5 km, is an easy to travel nature trail for children and those young at heart, which features the forests small creatures.
    • Services: Boards along the trail are in Finnish
  • Meidän metsä (our forest), 2.5 km, is an easy to travel nature trail which features the Finnish forest, the use of forests and the Finnish people's relationship with the forest. There is a sound along the trail which must be crossed by ferry.
    • Services: A campfire site and a lean-to shelter. Info boards are in Finnish.
    • Connecting trails: A section of this trail travels along the same route as Lapinniemenpolku Trail.

Other Trails

  • Photo: Niko BlombergLapinniemenpolku Trail, 0.8 km, is an easy to travel forest trail in the area surrounding the visitor centre.
  • Kurjenpolku Trail, 1 km, is an easy to travel trail which leads along duckboards by the lakeshore to the visitor centre and back along a sandy trail.
    • The disabled and those travelling with baby prams can, if assisted, travel along a wide 300 metre forest trail from the parking area to the visitor centre and the lakeshore.
  • Trail to Eerikkilä, about 2 km. There is a trail from the parking area, which heads northward along the shore of Myllylahti Bay and is connected to trail which lead to Lake Leppilampi and the sports institute.
    • Services: A campfire site and a lean-to shelter on the east short of Myllylahti Bay.
    • Sights: About 200 metres north of the parking area down a duckboard trail there is an well preserved old wolf trap. It is a hole trap which with covered with branches and hay. On top of these there was some sort of bait. When a wolf tried to get the bait it fell into the hole and was then killed there.
    • Connecting trails: A section of this trail follows the same route as the section of Ilvesreitti Trail Network (www.hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish) which leads to the edge of Torronsuo National Park and into Saari People's Park.
  • It is also possible to follow the Ilvesreitti Trail Network (www.hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish) to Liesjärvi National Park, which is about 4 km away. The Ilvesreitti Trail Network is marked with yellow lynx symbols (ilves = lynx ).

Excursionmap.fi: Ruostejärvi

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!