Beaver trail (1.8 km)
Viljandi County, Soomaa National Park
The trail starts next to the Nature Centre of Soomaa National Park and its start is accessible by car all year round. During the winter and spring floods, most of the boardwalk is under water. The beaver trail guides you through different types of forest – dark spruce forest, light fern birch forest, wet marshy forest to the Mardu stream, in which beavers live. Traces of beaver activity can be observed more closely. There are information boards on the study trail, drawing your attention to interesting objects of nature and the results of beavers’ construction works.
|Type of object||Study trail|
|Parking facilities||Parking area|
|Amenities||Information boards, recreation sites, dry toilets. The boardwalk of the trail is renovated in 2013 with the help of ERDF: the trail is accessible by wheelchair (also with pram)- 660 metres. |
|Sights||Floodplain forest, beaver population, flooded meadows.|
|Winter accessibility||The parking area and access roads are maintained. Firewood is provided at the campfire site by the trail.|
|Restrictions||In the territory of the National Park certain restrictions are imposed pursuant to the nature conservation rules. Public events with more than 50 participants require the approval of the protected area manager (Pärnu-Viljandi region of the Environmental Board).|
For further information on restrictions click here.
|Location||Tipu village, Kõpu municipality, Viljandi County.|
|Driving directions||The Beaver Trail is in Tipu village, on the border of Viljandi and Pärnu counties just near Soomaa Nature Centre. 24 km from Kõpu along Kõpu–Jõesuu road. The trail starts at the parking area of the Nature Centre of Soomaa National Park.|
When coming from the direction of Tallinn–Pärnu–Tori, drive to Tori, turn onto the Võlli road that leads to the national park. Drive 6 km along the Jõesuu road to Jõesuu village and before driving into the village, turn right to Kõpu–Jõesuu road. From there it is 14.4 km to the Nature Centre of the National Park and the beaver trail.
When coming from the direction of Tartu or Viljandi, drive along Tartu–Viljandi–Pärnu road to Kõpu. After passing the cemetery, turn right onto Kõpu–Jõesuu road. From there it is 24 km to the beaver trail and the Nature Centre of the National Park.
|Geographic coordinates||Long-Lat WGS 84|
|L-EST 97 x: 6477175.5 y: 560301.2|