Haanja–Karula Recreation Area

This recreation area with its varied landscape and biodiversity lies in the area between the Haanja, Karula and Korneti uplands. The rolling terrain is rich in rivers and lakes – it offers ideal opportunities for versatile recreation, for example walking or cycling, water adventure, fishing, picnicking or nature observation.

The recreation area is subdivided into three parts: Tõrva, Pähni and Taheva. The Taheva subdivision offers visitors opportunities for active nature recreation: cycling, walking and car tours. The single objects in this area are interconnected with cycling trails. Pähni subdivision with the Nature Centre primarily provides nature education activities on nature study trails and classroom. The third subdivision of Tõrva consists of single objects and is intended for car travellers interested in the cultural assets and heritage of Estonia, with some rest stops in the nature.

LocationVõru and Valga County
AttractionsScenic rolling terrain, lakes, rivers, forests and wooded meadows
ActivitiesWalking, cycling, water hiking, fishing, picnicking, nature observation
InformationRMK Pähni Nature Centre and information point

Phone: +372 501 9564

E-mail: pahni.looduskeskus@rmk.ee

Address: Pähni village, Varstu municipality, 66101 Võru County

Põlva-Valga-Võru region, Environmental Board of Estonia
PartnersFor active recreation opportunities in RMK Haanja–Karula Recreation Area, please refer to the home page of RMK’s partner Matkajuht OÜ.

Amenities:

Campfire site Kublitsa campfire site, Verijärve campfire site, Lindora campfire site, Cycling trails campfire site, Tellingumäe campfire site, Kõrgeperve campfire site, Alumati campfire site, Linnajärve campfire site, Kogrejärve campfire site, Karula Pikkjärve campfire sites, Make campfire site, Härma campfire site, Kirikumäe campfire site, Luhasoo campfire site, Paganamaa campfire site, Metsavenna campfire site
Campsite Oore campsite
Cycling trail Taheva cycling trail (21 km), Karula cycling trail (50 km, Mõniste cycling trail (55 km), Koiva cultural heritage cycling trail (18 km), Estonian-Latvian joint cultural heritage trail (60 km)
Forest hut Pähni forest hut, Kautsi forest hut
Hiking trail Verijärve hiking trail (1 km), Kirikumäe hiking trails (3.2 km), Kisejärve hiking trail (6 km), Piusa river valley hiking trail (15 km), Mõisamõtsa nature trail (5 km), RMK Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route / Pähni-Ähijärve (103 km), RMK Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route / Piusa-Pähni (100 km)
Information point Pähni information point
Nature Centre Pähni Nature Centre
Observation Tower Tellingumäe observation tower, Paganamaa observation tower
Other Forest megaphones
Rental hut Pullijärve rental hut
Rest Stop Tamme-Lauri oak rest stop, Kalkahju rest stop
Study trail Pähni forest study trail (3 km), Pähni nature study trail (1.5 km), Tõrvandu forest study trail (3 km), Koiva cultural heritage walking trail (2 km), Paganamaa study trails (3.8-4.7 km), Luhasoo study trail (5 km)