Rannametsa–Tolkuse nature study trail (2.2 km)

Pärnu County, Pärnumaa Recreation Area
In June 2023, the reconstrucion of the nature trail and the observation tower was completed.
The 2.2 km long trail is circular, completely covered with a boardwalk. The trail leads to the sandy dunes covered with pine trees, and reaches Tornimäe, where there is a 21.57-meter-high observation tower. The tower offers a magnificent view of the Häädemeeeste coastal meadow and Pärnu Bay on one side, and the Tolkuse bog on the other. From Tornimäe, the trail descends to Tolkuse bog. The boardwalk leads to the largest pool in the bog. From the bog, the trail returns to the starting point.
PS! Back and forth from the parking lot to the bog pool is the trail suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.
Phone+372 505 8242
E-mail info.kabli@rmk.ee
Type of objectStudy trail
Parking facilitiesParking for 10 cars or 3 buses.
AmenitiesIntroductory information boards in Estonian and English, observation tower, dry toilet, partly boardwalk
Campfire site Tõotusemäe campfire site on the other side of the road.
Wheelchair accessibility For wheelchairs and strollers there are the suitable conditions on the trail from the parking lot to the bog pool.
Hiking options by walking
SightsDunes of the coastal forest, Tolkuse bog, channel Timmkanal and its outcrop, Luitemaa Nature Reserve. The upper platform of the Rannametsa observation tower rises 18 m above the sea level. Adding the 34 m height of the Tornimägi hill, the visitors will be more than 50 m above the sea level. The study trail leads to the largest bog pool, where the water lily, bog bean and dwarf water lily grow. Along the boardwalk you can spot sundews, beak-rush, tussock cottongrass and sphagnum mosses of various colours.
Berries and mushroomsBilberries, mushrooms (Rufous milk-caps)
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 study trail is situated in the Luitemaa Nature Reserve, information about restrictions can be obtained from the Environmental Board +372 662 5999, info@keskkonnaamet.ee
Public transport option
  • By bus from Pärnu in the direction of Ikla to the Luite bus stop, from there along the Riga road about 100 m towards Riga and there is the starting point of the trail.
  • Bus departure times can be found in the www.tpilet.ee It is worth looking at the times of a particular day.
  • LocationHäädemeeste municipality, Pärnu County. The trail starts at the information board in the parking area, 162 km on Tallinn–Pärnu–Ikla road. 
    Driving directionsDrive 162 km on Tallinn–Pärnu–Ikla road to the parking area. The trail starts at the information board to the left of the parking area.
    Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
    latitude: 58.134570
    longitude: 24.511862
    L-EST 97 x: 6443838 y: 530153