Taevaskodade hiking trail (3 km)

With its beautiful views and numerous stairs, the trail is excellent for forest recreation. Part of the trail is suitable for persons with reduced mobility. This 3 km signposted loop trail leads the visitor to picturesque outcrops and views of primeval forces, and also to the world of legends, folk tales and film industry.
Phone+372 676 7122
E-mail info.kiidjarve@rmk.ee
Type of objectHiking trail
Parking facilitiesSaesaare large parking area for 30 cars.
AmenitiesInformation boards, railings on steep slopes, bridges, stairs
Camping facilities From Suur-Taevaskoja 1 km on foot in Otteni campfire site.
Wheelchair accessibility The trail is accessible by wheelchair until Väike-Taevaskoja, 500 m one way.
Hiking options From Saesaare dam there is Kiidjärve-Taevaskoja-Kiidjärve hiking trail (11,8 km) on both sides of Ahja river. From Suur Taevaskoja You can hike to Otteni watermill and and back to Taevaskoda on the other side of the river. There is also RMK Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route.
SightsSuur Taevaskoda, Väike Taevaskoda (outcrops), Emaläte (Mother’s Spring), Neitsikoobas (Virgin’s Cave), Salakuulajakivi (Spy’s Rock), Savimägi (Clay Hill), Ahja River.
Berries and mushroomsBilberries, mushrooms
Winter accessibilityThe parking area is kept clear of snow; no snow removal on the trail.
Additional informationBefore going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam). The stairs going up at Emaläte (Mother's Spring) is renovated and open for visitors. Please be careful when walking on this section of the trail in strong winds and storm. Risk of rockfall! Within 4 km you can visit the Kiidjärve visitor centre.
RestrictionsThe trail is situated in Ahja River Valley Landscape Reserve, information about restrictions can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 799 0900, info@keskkonnaamet.ee). Public events for more than 50 people are subject to approval from RMK, more information from puhkus@rmk.ee
LocationPõlva County, in the Saesaare–Taevaskoja area. Object no 21 on the recreation area map.
Driving directionsDrive on Tartu–Põlva road towards Põlva, 6 km before Põlva turn left towards Taevaskoja. Continue 3.5 km along Kanariku–Kiidjärve road (Road no. 18146). Drive through Taevaskoja village, before the Saesaare bus stop there is a sign directing to Taevaskoda on the right. Drive about 400 m to Saesaare parking area.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.115161
longitude: 27.047495
L-EST 97 x: 6445641 y: 679563