Kotka hiking trail (8 km)

Kotka hiking trail introduces the fen and the transition mire and sandy eskers. Its sights include the high wooded sandy eskers, which developed when Lake Peipus receded, and the mystic bog islands in Rüütli bog, which developed from the sediments accumulated at the end of the Ice Age. The transition from sandy eskers to the mire is unexpected, this kind of varied landscape offers a pleasant change for hikers.
Phone+372 339 3833 Kauksi Nature Centre
E-mailkauksi.looduskeskus@rmk.ee
Type of objectHiking trail
Parking facilitiesParking for 10 to 15 cars at the start of the hiking trail
Amenities3 campfire sites, 2 dry toilets, shelter, conical tent, forest hut, observation tower on the upland. The trail is marked with blue and white blazes and symbols on brown posts
Camping facilities yes
Outdoor fireplace yes
Hiking options yes
SightsDifferent forest growth types, sandbanks formed of the recession of Lake Peipus, raised bog flora, bog islands, bog pool, “money pit”
Berries and mushroomsCranberries, cowberries, bilberries, milk-caps
Winter accessibilityYou can leave the car at the parking space next to the Iisaku cemetery. The trail is accessible on skis and snowshoes.
Additional informationThe trail starts from  an old Lõppe sand quarry by Liivamäe parking lot. From there the trail runs along high sand banks and ends with a boardwalk across the Rüütli bog (Muraka nature reserve) neat the Alliku village. You can choose the shorter trail (1.5 km) in the Rüütli bog, which forms a section of the 8 km trail. The trail is marked with blue and white blazes on trees.
RestrictionsAccording to the nature conservation rules, motorised vehicle traffic is prohibited outside roads and paths. Campfires can be made only in designated sites.
LocationIisaku small town, Iisaku municipality. Object no. 7 on recreation area map.
Driving directionsTurn to Tudulinna from Iisaku, drive to the 2nd kilometer post. After 50 metres turn lleft. Drive 1,5 km to the sand quarry where is Liivamäe parking lot. PS! Parking lot is for buses too!
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 59.101899
longitude: 27.303374
L-EST 97 x: 6556126 y: 689217