Sagadi-Oandu Forest Fairy Tales Trail (5,6 km)

Lääne-Viru County, Lahemaa National Park
The trail of forest stories is a fantasy journey from Sagadi Manor to Oandu Visitor Centre - or vice versa. Under the old alder trees, you can read and listen to forest fairy tales and stories about the places along the trail while hiking on the Sagadi alley, on the Tepelvälja village road and in the bright pine forest. With the help of square codes, you can listen to stories in Estonian, English and Russian. A great opportunity for families and groups to discover our folk tales while walking on a nature trail!
Phone +372 676 7010 Oandu Visitor Centre 
+372 676 7888 Sagadi Manor
+372 329 5555 Visitor Centre of Lahemaa National Park 
Type of objectStudy trail
Parking facilitiesParking lots of Sagadi Forest Centre ( for 50 cars or 10 buses) and Oandu Visitor Centre  (for 10 cars or 2 buses). Follow the on-site parking instructions, please!
Amenities2 big information boards in both ends of the trail, 18 in A2 format information boards - all boards in Estonian and English, benches, table-benches, partly gravel and partly wood chip path
Camping facilities Oandu campsite (300 m from Oandu Visitor Centre)
Wheelchair accessibility Inva toilet in Sagadi Forest Centreand in the parking lot of Oandu visitor centre, first 3 km of the trail is suitable for wheelchairs and prams during snowfree season
Hiking options Oandu heritage trail (3,4 km), 
Oandu old-growth forest nature trail (4.7 km),  
Beaver trail (1 km),
Altja nature and culture historical trail (3 km)

Oandu–Võsu hiking trail (9.5 km)
RMK Hiking Route Oandu-Aegviidu-Ikla (375  km)
SightsTrips on the forest fairy tails trail can be started from both sides - longer and shorter walks can be made starting from Sagadi Manor and Oandu visitor centre. There are 18 "story books" by the trail, where you can read a fairy tale in Estonian and English or listen to it using QR codes - in Estonian, English and Russian language. Forest fairies, ghosts, the spirit of the water and the snake king, talking animals and birds, hidden treasures and a fern blossom - on the trail you can find out what the folk stories tell about them.
In the village of Tepelvälja, most of the farms have been abandoned during the Soviet era, the fields and pastures have become overgrown and lie uncultivated now. After the village land, a narrow path turns towards Oandu, first along the bank of the river and then through old pine and spruce forests. Walking by the mossy stone fence, you will reach the old tree plant garden of the forest district, where you can still see planted spruce plants growing on the beds. From here, the journey on the Forest Stories trail overlaps with the Oandu Heritage Trail for a while and reaches the former meadows, where old barn barns have been restored. The other end of the trail is on the edge of the yard of Oandu visitor center. The trail is easy to cross, clothing and shoes should be chosen according to the season.
Additional information
Restrictions The trail is situated in Lahemaa National Park, view the restrictions on visiting here. Additional information from the Environmental Board: +372 662 5999,
LocationBetween Sagadi Manor and Oandu visitor centre, Haljala Municipality, Lääne-Viru County
Driving directionsTo reach Sagadi manor: Turn 73 km from Tallinn-Narva road (E20) in the direction of Võsu, Palmse. Continue 6.5 km along Viitna-Koljaku road to Palmse village, from where turn right in the direction of Sagadi (sign "Sagadi 6 km"). Continue along the Palmse-Sagadi road, cross Rakvere-Haljala road (sign "Sagadi manor 2.5 km") and continue to Sagadi manor.
To reach the Oandu visitor center: turn left in front of the clock tower of Sagadi manor (signs "Oandu visitor center 3.2 km" and "Altja kaluriküla 5 km"). Continue 3 km along the Sagadi-Altja road and pass the RMK Oandu camping area. After 150 m you will see the sign "Oandu Nature Center" by the road, at which the road turns right. The car park with information boards is at the end of the entrance road on the left.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 59.540694
longitude: 26.084693
L-EST 97 x: 6602180.9 y: 617921.3