Nature trail for children (0.4 km)

Võru County, Karula National Park
Next to the Karula National Park Visitor Center, the children's nature trail is enhanced this season with an exciting nature installation called "Nests and Roots."
Come and feel like an insect, walking among giant dandelions and other herbaceous plants, weaving a spider web, or crawling in an ant nest! You can climb up into a black stork's nest and feel like a bird chick, peek out from the nesting tree, hop into zander's home, and hide in the nesting cave.
These artworks, made mostly from natural materials like wood, clay, branches, and sheep wool, were created as part of Tartu 2024 by the Route Diverse and local artist Jane Remm, with the help of the South Estonian community. We look forward to your visit!

The nature trail/playground for children, situated near the visitor centre in Ähijärve village, welcomes younger visitors. There is a slide, watchtower, swings, sandbox, giant stride on the trail. The trail introduces erratic boulders and rocks, the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees, the most common bird species in the area, soil characteristics and traces of mammal’s activity.
Phone+372 782 8350
Type of objectStudy trail
Parking facilitiesParking near Suuremäe campsite for 20 cars.
AmenitiesThere are 9 information boards, 7 attractions, 5 information posts about animal tracks, 5 hollow posts, soil profile in acrylic container for activities, games and puzzle solving. The trail is marked with wooden arrow signs. Activity sheets available at the information point help children to acquire the information.
Camping facilities yes
Outdoor fireplace yes
Campfire site yes
Hiking options by walking
Additional information Before going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam), rules of conduct and waste-sorting policy
RestrictionsThe trail is situated in Karula National Park, about restrictions please read here. Further information can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 662 5999,
LocationÄhijärve village, Antsla municipality. Object no 17 on the national park map.
Driving directionsDrive 8 km from Antsla towards Haabsaare, turn right 50 m after the Haabsaare bus stop (signs “Karula rahvuspargi külastuskeskus 7 km”, “Saru 20 km”). Drive 7 km on Haabsaare–Saru road and follow the signs to the Karula National Park’s visitor centre. Follow the wooden arrow signs from the visitor centre to the playground.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 57.71270
longitude: 26.50380
L-EST 97 x: 6399523.9 y: 649218.0