Ilmatsalu–Kärevere Linnutee hiking trail (5 km)

The 5 km long “Bird’s Way” hiking trail links the most interesting bird-watching sites in the Tartu area—the Ilmatsalu fish ponds, Kärevere and Alam-Pedja Nature Reserves. The Bird’s Way hiking trail offers visitors exciting experiences throughout the year. The Ilmatsalu fish ponds and the surrounding area are the most popular bird-watching sites among ornithology enthusiasts in the Tartu area. More than 200 species of birds have been spotted on the ponds and in the close surroundings. Several endangered species can be seen in Kärevere Nature Reserve.
Type of objectHiking trail
Parking facilitiesParking for 20 cars at the start of the trail in the parking area on the shore of Ilmatsalu artificial lake.
AmenitiesThe hiking trail is marked with signs and runs along the Ilmatsalu River bank, on forest rides and paths up to the Kärevere road bridge. A 6 m high bird observation tower, campfire sites, 25 m long arched bridge and “Green classroom” information boards.
Camping facilities yes
Hiking options yes
SightsMigration and nesting of water birds, spring floods, diverse river, floodplain and forest biota.
Additional informationDuring flood periods the trail may be partly impassable. Camping at Lagle (“Black goose”) campfire site, which is a little off the track.
LocationTähtvere municipality, Tartu County.
Driving directionsDrive 6 km from Tartu to Ilmatsalu. The hiking trail starts at the information board in the parking area of the Ilmatsalu municipal building.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84 x:26.554997 y:58.392167
L-EST 97 x:649384 y:6475259