Rõuge primeval valley hiking trail (10 km)

Võru County, Haanja Nature Park
  • NB! The route of the hiking trail on the section between Rõuge Suurjärve and Rõuge Tõugjärve has changed. The new trail indication starts when you reach the asphalt road in Rõuge - you have to go to the right towards Võru until the sign leads to the left after 500m (at the same time it turns in the direction of "Eha talu"). Then straight on about 400m after the path to the right up the hill and after 300m again down to the bottom of the primeval valley through the forest to Lake Tõugjärv. Please avoid passing through the yard of Ratasjärve farm in the village of Möldre, which is on the old route! The new route can be followed with the RMK app and on the website of the hiking trail as an image file.
  • Part of the trail runs through private land where there are also dogs (moving freely).
The 10 km hiking trail descends from near the village swing to Rõuge primeval valley, goes past a small pond and runs along the slope of the valley, which is rich in springs. There are two hydraulic rams operating on the shore of Lake Liinjärv. Hydraulic ram is a “perpetual-motion” pump using hydraulic power and is capable of pumping water as high as ten metres or more. The trail continues along the village road between the Liinjärv and Valgjärv lakes and offers wonderful views towards Ööbikuorg valley and Linnamägi. Then the trail goes along the south-western shore of Lake Rõuge Suurjärv – the deepest lake in Estonia. Next the trail goes along the chain of lakes (Ratasjärv, Tõugjärv, Lake Kahrila) to the Hinni canyon.
Phone+372 501 9564
E-mail info.pahni@rmk.ee
Type of objectHiking trail
Parking facilitiesParking area near Ööbikuorg visitor centre and at Lake Rõuge Suurjärv, parking space near the Hinni canyon.
AmenitiesYou can start the walk both at Ööbikuorg visitor centre and at the Hinni canyon (BL: 57.765341,  26.880055). The trail is equipped with wooden signs, information boards, partly boardwalk. Visitors can use the swing and observation platform, shelter with table and benches, 1 dry toilet at the parking space of Hinni canyon and a water closet in Rõuge Ööbikuorg visitor centre.
Hiking options walking
SightsSeven lakes of Rõuge, Rõuge primeval valley, Ööbikuorg valley, hydraulic ram, Hinni canyon.
Additional information
RestrictionsPart of the trail goes through private land. The trail is situated in Haanja Nature Park, about restrictions please read here. Further information can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 662 5999, info@keskkonnaamet.ee).
FilesThe trail brochure was published by State Nature Conservation Centre in 2007. Download PDF.
LocationRõuge municipality, Võru County. Object no 14 on the nature park map.
Driving directionsDrive along Võru–Valga road (Road no. 67) and turn towards Rõuge. Before Rõuge turn left (follow the sign “Rõuge Suurjärve külalistemaja 1,5 km”) and drive to the junction, with a red brick building (schoolhouse) across the road and the Rõuge school bus stop on your right. Turn left at the junction and after the schoolhouse immediately to the right (follow the signs “Ööbikuorg 0,6 km”, “Plaani 11 km”, “Haanja 8 km”). The bordermark of Haanja Nature Park and cemetery are on the left. Drive on (there is a lighted cycle and pedestrian track at the side of the road), and where the cycle and pedestrian track ends, you’ll see Rõuge Ööbikuorg visitor centre and parking area on the right. Near the visitor centre there are signs and information boards introducing the surrounding area. 
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 57.72783
longitude: 26.93450
L-EST 97 x: 6402243.7 y: 674799.9