Kiidjärve Visitor Centre

23.06. we are open 10.00-15.00
24.06. we are closed.
FIRE-RISK IN ESTONIAN FORESTS IS EXTREMELY HIGH! It has been extremely dry in Estonia during spring and there is a standing forest fire warning. Therefore, smoking or making fire is not allowed in the forest, even on our camping sites.
Kiidjärve Visitor Centre is located on the bank of the picturesque Ahja river in Kiidjärve village, at the heart of the Kiidjärve-Kooraste recreation area, surrounded by historical sights and scenic nature: the sandstone outcrops, the "ant kingdom", Valgesoo bog and Roiupalu primeval forest.
Whether you walk or cycle here, or come by car, bus or train – here you can look around, have a rest and plan your further trip. It is possible to rent rooms in the centre for seminars and meetings.
Those interested may view the displays and exhibitions, watch nature documentaries and register for nature education programmes. In the outdoor classroom in the yard of the visitor centre one can learn about types of forest and the forest life cycle. From the visitor centre you can go to the 2.5 km Roiupalu study trail or the 11.8 km Kiidjärve-Taevaskoja-Kiidjärve hiking trail.
The visitor centre gives information about RMK recreation and hiking opportunities. You can buy maps of RMK recreation areas, protected areas and hiking trails, as well as souvenirs.
We offer various nature education programmes and study trips for schools, kindergartens and adults, and organise forest and nature events.
Phone+372 676 7122
E-mailinfo.kiidjarve@rmk.ee
Opening hours1 May to 31 August, Mon to Sun 10.00–17.00
1 September to 14 March, Wed to Fri 10.00–15.00
15 March to 30 April, Wed to Fri 10.00-16.00
Type of objectVisitor Centre
Parking facilitiesParking area for 10 cars.
Amenities
  • Discount campaign programs for schools and kindergartens in winter, spring and autumn
  • Paid nature education programs
  • Information materials and information on Kiidjärve–Kooraste Recreation Area and other RMK recreation areas
  • Possible to visit the exhibition and the library of the Visitor Centre
  • Possible to organise thematic and study days in Kiidjärve Visitor Centre and on nature study trails
  • Forest and nature events
  • Possible to rent the rooms of the visitor centre: the hall for up to 3 hours - 15 €/per hour or 70 €/per day.
Camping facilities Nearby is Sõnajala campfire site and Palojärve campsite (12 km).
Wheelchair accessibility yes
Hiking options Visitor Centre is on the Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route. Nearby is Roiupalu study trail,  Kiidjärve-Taevaskoja-Kiidjärve hiking trail, Valgesoo study trail, Laari forestry study trail, Kiidjärve Wood Ants Trail.
SightsThe Visitor Centre is located in Kiidjärve–Kooraste Recreation Area, Kiidjärve village, on the bank of the scenic Ahja River. The wonderful landscape of Põlva County with its famous outcrops, the kingdom of wood ants in Kiidjärve, the Valgesoo bog, and other valuable assets of nature and cultural heritage.
Winter accessibilityOpen all year round
Additional informationPayment in cash only.
RestrictionsThe Visitor Centre is located in the Ahja River Valley Landscape Protection Area, about restrictions can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 799 0900, info@keskkonnaamet.ee).
LocationKiidjärve village, Põlva municipality, Põlva County. Object no 10 on the recreation area map.
Driving directionsDrive from Tartu towards Põlva along Põlva–Reola road. 10 km before Põlva at the Koorvere junction turn left towards Kiidjärve. Continue 4 km along Akste–Häätaru road (Road no. 18138). 1 km after the Kiidjärve Park bus stop there is a large parking area to the left of the road. This is the parking area of RMK Kiidjärve Visitor Centre. Follow the signs to Kiidjärve Visitor Centre.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.139568
longitude: 27.019477
L-EST 97 x: 6448282 y: 677791