Linnutee hiking trail (3,5 km)

Dear visitor! Due to land ownership issues, the trail is CLOSED for visits from April 1st this year.
The 3,5 km long “Bird’s Way” hiking trail links the most interesting bird-watching sites in the Tartu area—the Ilmatsalu fish ponds, Kärevere and Alam-Pedja Nature Reserves. The Bird’s Way hiking trail offers visitors exciting experiences throughout the year. The Ilmatsalu fish ponds and the surrounding area are the most popular bird-watching sites among ornithology enthusiasts in the Tartu area. More than 200 species of birds have been spotted on the ponds and in the close surroundings. Several endangered species can be seen in Kärevere Nature Reserve.
Phone+372 676 7122
Type of objectHiking trail
Parking facilitiesParking for 20 cars at the start of the trail in the parking area on the shore of Ilmatsalu artificial lake.
AmenitiesThe hiking trail is marked with signs and runs along the Ilmatsalu River bank, on forest rides and paths up to the Kärevere road bridge. A 6 m high bird observation tower (the tower was not built or operated by RMK), campfire sites, 25 m long arched bridge and “Green classroom” information boards.
Camping facilities Camping at Lagle (“Black goose”) campfire site, which is a little off the track and in Rabahane and Kotka campfire place (the last two are situated in Kärevere Nature Reserve)
Campfire site yes
Hiking options Along the hiking trail runs also Ilmatsalu cycling trail.
SightsMigration and nesting of water birds, spring floods, diverse river, floodplain and forest biota.
Additional informationThe beginning of the trail is situated on private land - please follow the relevant behavioral guidelines. During flood periods the trail may be partly impassable. Before going on a nature walk please read the Environmental code of conduct (freedom to roam).
RestrictionsThe part of the hiking trail (north to the Ilmatsalu river) is situated in Kärevere Nature Reserve. Information about restrictions can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 662 5999,
LocationTartu, Tartu County. Object no 2-7 and 9 on the recreation area map.
Driving directionsDrive 6 km from Tartu to Ilmatsalu. The hiking trail starts at the information board in the parking area by Ilmatsalu lake.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.392167
longitude: 26.554997
L-EST 97 x: 6475259 y: 649384