Haanja–Karula Recreation Area

This recreation area with its varied landscape and biodiversity lies in the area between the Haanja, Karula and Korneti uplands. The rolling terrain is rich in rivers and lakes – it offers ideal opportunities for versatile recreation, for example walking or cycling, water adventure, fishing, picnicking or nature observation.
The Taheva subdivision offers visitors opportunities for active nature recreation: cycling, walking and car tours. The single objects in this area are interconnected with cycling trails. Pähni subdivision with the Visitor Centre primarily provides nature education activities on nature study trails and classroom.

LocationVõru and Valga County
AttractionsScenic rolling terrain, lakes, rivers, forests and wooded meadows
ActivitiesWalking, cycling, water hiking, fishing, picnicking, nature observation
InformationRMK Pähni Visitor Centre
+372 501 9564
Contact us
Pähni village, Rõuge municipality, 66101 Võru County
Visitor Management
State Forest Management Centre (RMK)
Protected Area Manager
Environmental Board of Estonia
+372 662 5999, info@keskkonnaamet.ee
Additional informationIn Estonian nature, old explosive devices left from the war, still can be found. If you have found an object resembling an explosive device, leave it untouched, mark the location and immediately report the discovery to the emergency number 112. More information on the website of the Estonian Rescue Board.


Campfire site Kublitsa campfire site, Verijärve campfire site, Lindora campfire site, Cycling trails campfire site, Tellingumäe campfire site, Kõrgeperve campfire site, Alumati campfire site, Linnajärve campfire site, Kogrejärve campfire site, Karula Pikkjärve campfire sites, Make campfire site, Härma campfire site, Kirikumäe campfire site, Luhasoo campfire site, Paganamaa campfire site, Metsavenna campfire site, Lõunatipu campfire site, Laagriplatsi campfire site
Campsite Oore campsite
Cycling trail Koiva cycling trail (20 km), Karula cycling trail (50 km, Mõniste cycling trail (55 km), Koiva cultural heritage cycling trail (18 km), Estonian-Latvian joint cultural heritage trail (60 km)
Forest hut Pähni forest hut, Kautsi forest hut
Hiking trail Verijärve hiking trail (1 km), Kirikumäe hiking trails (3.2 km), Kisejärve hiking trail (6 km), Piusa river valley hiking trail (15 km), RMK Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route / Pähni-Ähijärve (105 km), RMK Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route / Piusa-Pähni (100 km)
Nature Centre Pähni Visitor Centre
Observation Tower Tellingumäe observation tower, Paganamaa observation tower
Rental hut Pullijärve rental hut
Rest Stop Tamme-Lauri oak rest stop, Forest megaphones, Verijärve rest stop, Kubja rest stop
Study trail Pähni forest study trail (3 km), Pähni nature study trail (1.5 km), Tõrvandu forest study trail (3 km), Koiva cultural heritage walking trail (2 km), Paganamaa study trails (3.8-4.7 km), Luhasoo study trail (5 km)