RMK Penijõe-Aegviidu-Kauksi hiking route/Penijõe-Varbola (84 km)

Make a fire only in a place prepared and marked for it. The need for firewood in our campsites is very high during the summer, therefore firewood may be out. To avoid disappointment, please take firewood or barbecue coals with you when traveling by car. Do not leave a burning fire unattended! When using a charcoal grill, pour the coals on the fireplace, not under the forest. Extinguish the fire properly, when leaving.
The route starts at the Visitor Centre of Matsalu National Park at Penijõe and runs along existing roads and paths towards Varbola. On the way one can see the scenic flood meadows of the Kasari river, where tens of thousands of birds migrating through Estonia stop over during spring and autumn migration seasons. Then there is the former trackbed running to Virtsu, and the karst areas of Märjamaa. Next, the hiking route travels on ancient coastal formations to Varbola stronghold, which is one of the largest forts in Estonia and was used from the 12th to 14th century. The route also goes through the parks of several well-known or less known manors.
Phone
Visitor centre of Matsalu
+372 472 4236, +372 513 8783
E-mailinfo.matsalu@rmk.ee
Type of objectHiking trail
Parking facilitiesThe best facility for long-term parking is at the Visitor Centre of Matsalu National Park. A few cars can also be parked at each campsite along the hiking route.
Amenities
The trail is signposted and marked with white-yellow-white paint marks on trees. Rest stops on the trail and distances between them.
Camping facilities At campsites and campfire sites along the hiking route
Campfire site At campsites and campfire sites along the hiking route
Hiking options RMK Penijõe-Aegviidu-Kauksi hiking route
SightsFlood meadows of the Kasari river, Märjamaa karst area
Additional information
LocationPärnu county, Rapla county
Driving directionsAt the 43th kilometre of the Risti-Virtsu road (Road no. 10) turn right towards Penijõe (at the sign to Matsalu National Park Visitor Centre, "Matsalu rahvuspargi külastuskeskus 2", road no 16193). Drive 2 km to the designated parking area at Penijõe manor. The hiking route starts at the Visitor Centre of Matsalu National Park.