Rõuge primeval valley hiking trail (10 km)

Võru County, Haanja Nature Park
The 10 km hiking trail descends from near the village swing to Rõuge primeval valley, goes past a small pond and runs along the slope of the valley, which is rich in springs. There are two hydraulic rams operating on the shore of Lake Liinjärv. Hydraulic ram is a “perpetual-motion” pump using hydraulic power and is capable of pumping water as high as ten metres or more. The trail continues along the village road between the Liinjärv and Valgjärv lakes and offers wonderful views towards Ööbikuorg valley and Linnamägi. Then the trail goes along the south-western shore of Lake Rõuge Suurjärv – the deepest lake in Estonia. Next the trail goes along the chain of lakes (Ratasjärv, Tõugjärv, Lake Kahrila) to the Hinni canyon.
Type of objectHiking trail
Parking facilitiesParking area near Ööbikuorg visitor centre and at Lake Rõuge Suurjärv, parking space near the Hinni canyon.
AmenitiesYou can start the walk both at Ööbikuorg visitor centre and at the Hinni canyon. The trail is equipped with wooden signs, information boards, partly boardwalk. Visitors can use the swing and observation platform, shelter with table and benches, 1 dry toilet at the parking space of Hinni canyon and a water closet in Rõuge Ööbikuorg visitor centre.
Hiking options yes
Sightsseven lakes of Rõuge, Rõuge primeval valley, Ööbikuorg valley, hydraulic ram, Hinni canyon.
RestrictionsPart of the trail goes through private land.
FilesThe trail brochure was published by State Nature Conservation Centre in 2007. Download PDF.
LocationRõuge municipality, Võru County.
Driving directionsDrive along Võru–Valga road (Road no. 67) and turn towards Rõuge. Before Rõuge turn left (follow the sign “Rõuge Suurjärve külalistemaja 1,5 km”) and drive to the junction, with a red brick building (schoolhouse) across the road and the Rõuge school bus stop on your right. Turn left at the junction and after the schoolhouse immediately to the right (follow the signs “Ööbikuorg 0,6 km”, “Plaani 11 km”, “Haanja 8 km”). The bordermark of Haanja Nature Park and cemetery are on the left. Drive on (there is a lighted cycle and pedestrian track at the side of the road), and where the cycle and pedestrian track ends, you’ll see Rõuge Ööbikuorg visitor centre and parking area on the right. Near the visitor centre there are signs and information boards introducing the surrounding area. 
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84 x:26.93450 y:57.72783