Beaver trail (1,8 km)

Viljandi County, Soomaa National Park
It has been extremely dry in Estonia during spring and there is a standing forest fire warning. Making fire is allowed only on specially prepared campfire sites.
The trail starts next to the Visitor 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.
Phone+372 435 7164
+372 526 1924
E-mail info.soomaa@rmk.ee
Type of objectStudy trail
Parking facilitiesParking area of the visitor centre, for 20 cars.
AmenitiesInformation 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.
Camping facilities At the Kõrtsi-Tõramaa campfire site.
Campfire site Fire ring with a grill.
Wheelchair accessibility The trail is accessible by wheelchair (also with pram)- 660 metres.
Hiking options by walking
SightsFloodplain forest, beaver population, flooded meadows.
Winter accessibilityThe parking area and access roads are maintained. Firewood is provided at the campfire site by the trail.
Additional informationBefore going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam).
RestrictionsIn the territory of the National Park certain restrictions. Further information can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 435 5610, info@keskkonnaamet.ee).
LocationTipu village, Põhja-Sakala municipality, Viljandi County. Object no 4 on the national park map.
Driving directionsThe Beaver Trail is in Tipu village, on the border of Viljandi and Pärnu counties just near Soomaa Visitor Centre. 24 km from Kõpu along Kõpu–Jõesuu road. The trail starts at the parking area of the Visitor 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 Visitor 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 Visitor Centre of the National Park.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.430756
longitude: 25.032284
L-EST 97 x: 6477175.5 y: 560301.2