Mäekonnu observation tower

Võru County, Karula National Park
The observation tower was built for the first time in 2007, and after amortization, it was reopened as a new building in the summer of 2023.
In winter the parking area and access to the tower are kept clear of snow. Stunning views of the semi-natural landscapes and forests of Karula open from the top of the tower.
Phone+372 782 8350
E-mail info.karula@rmk.ee
Type of objectObservation Tower
Parking facilitiesParking next to the Mäekonnu campfire site.
Amenities25 m high wooden observation tower, waste bin, benches, information board.
Camping facilities 2 tents (for 4) allowed in Mäekonnu campfire site.
Campfire site Fire ring with a grill
Hiking options The campfire site marks the beginning of the 15 km long Karula cycling trail and nearby passes the 36 km long Karula hiking trail.
SightsSemi-natural landscapes, forests.
Additional information Before going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam), rules of conduct and waste-sorting policy
RestrictionsObservation tower is situated in Karula National Park, about restrictions please read here. Further information can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 662 5999; info@keskkonnaamet.ee).
LocationMähkli village, Antsla municipality. Object no 7 on the national park map.
Driving directionsDrive 8 km from Antsla towards Haabsaare, turn right 50 m after the Haabsaare bus stop (signs “Karula rahvuspargi külastuskeskus 7 km”, “Saru 20 km”). Drive 3.2 km on Haabsaare–Saru road to the sign “Mäekonnu vaatetorn 1 km”. Drive 1 km to the parking area of the Mäekonnu observation tower. The tower is 100 m from the parking area (follow the sign). The campfire site is next to the observation tower.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 57.73259
longitude: 26.48995
L-EST 97 x: 6401698 y: 648317