Parika Väikejärve study trail (out and back 3 km)

Viljandi County, Sakala Recreation Area
The study trail is well known for the small heart-shaped bog lake. The aerial photo of the lake decorates many publications of Viljandi County. The trail is excellent for groups, because the wood-chip path to the lake is wide enough. The path is also suitable for people with reduced mobility. Around the trail there are pine forests rich in bilberries, further in the bog both cloudberries and cranberries can be found. Possible to go for a rejuvenating swim in the bog lake.
Phone+372 526 1924
Type of objectStudy trail
Parking facilitiesParking for 1 bus, 3 cars.
AmenitiesAt the parking area an information board and dry toilet. Wide wood-chip path goes through the bog pine forest to the heart-shaped Lake Parika Väikejärv. On lakeshore there is a recreation site with shelter, and a wooden pier with ladder. The trail around the lake is partly covered with wood chips and partly earth track. Short boardwalk takes you to bog pools. There are several recreation sites along the trail. The information boards along the trail are placed on massive carved wooden posts.
Camping facilities The nearest camping area and campfire site is at Lõhavere.
Hiking options yes
Berries and mushroomsCloudberries, bilberries, cowberries
Additional information
RestrictionsThe study trail is situated in Parika Nature Reserve, information about restrictions can be obtained from the Environmental Board (, +372 662 5999).
LocationAimla village, Põhja-Sakala municipality, Viljandi county
Object no 19 on the recreation area map
Driving directionsDrive 30 km on Imavere–Viljandi road and turn left towards Tääksi, continue 9.2 km to the centre of Aimla village, and follow the “Parika väikejärve õpperada 2,1 km” to the left. Drive 2.1 km to the parking space, which is to the left of the road before the start of the study trail. When coming from Viljandi, turn from Tallinn road to Musta tee, and drive 13.7 km towards Põltsamaa to the Aimla tee bus stop. Turn left and drive 3.6 km to the centre of Aimla village and follow the sign “Parika väikejärve õpperada 2,1 km”.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.488428
longitude: 25.738206
L-EST 97 x: 6484448 y: 601364