The Leivonmäki National Park and its immediate surroundings have a total of 28 km of signposted, mainly easy trails which are well suited for day trips. Part of the Luupää Lenkki Trail is also suitable for the disabled. The trails of the Leivonmäki National Park are marked in the terrain with blue paint, except the Harjunkierros Esker Trail, which is marked with red.
Starting Points for Trails
The two starting points of the trails are the Selänpohja parking area in the north and the Kirveslampi parking area in the south part of the park. The trails can also be accessed from the Koskikara school in Rutalahti and the Harjunlahti swimming place.
- The Koskikaran Kierros Trail, 3.5 km, starts by the Koskikara school in Rutalahti and runs mostly through privately owned land. Along the trail there are information boards describing the area’s special features. Part of the way, the trail follows the bank of the River Rutajoki.
- Services: The Koskikara cooking shelter; note, no toilet.
- Sights: River Rutajoki
Luupään Lenkki Trail, 2.2 km, is a geological nature trail that starts from the Kirveslampi parking area. The information boards along the trail describe the geology of the Leivonmäki National Park and introduce such natural features as kettle holes, eskers, erratic boulders and the emblem animal of the park, nightjar, which thrives in esker areas. The 700 m section of Luupään lenkki Trail from Lake Harjujärvi to Lakes Turasenlammet is wide and has duckboards suitable for baby pram and wheelchair users.
Services: A campfire shelter and a dry toilet on the shore of lake Harjujärvi, which both are suitable for the disabled. Access to the campfire shelter is also possible by disabled taxi service, and the key for the locked gate can be ordered in advance from from Seitseminen Visitor Centre.
- Sights: A turf column at the Kirveslampi parking area.
- Mäyränkierros Trail ("Badger Trail"), 5.5 km, starts from the parking area of Selänpohja and goes to Lake Mäyrälampi and back. The trail is marked with blue paint and is easy to walk. Along the trail you get to see both mire landscape and esker landscape with its small lakes and kettle holes. Another trail (1,5 km one way) separates from Mäyränkierros Trail to Soimalampi lean-to shelter. A trail to Joutsniemi also separates from Mäyränkierros Trail.
- Services: In Lintuniemi a campfire shelter and a camping site, also a possible place for swimming. At Lake Soimalampi a campfire site and a lean-to shelter (visiting Soimalampi makes the trail 8.5 km long).
- Harjunkierros Trail ("Esker Trail") 4.5 km, starts from the parking area of Selänpohja and goes by Lake Iso Pirttilampi to Lakes Erijärvet and from Lintuniemi by the shore of Lake Rutajärvi back to the parking area. The trail is marked with red paint and it's difficulty level is intermediate, because it has some steep ascents and descents. On this trail, you get to see the esker landscape at its best, as the trail partly runs on top of the esker formation. It is also possible to combine Harjunkierros Trail with a visit to Joutsniemi .
- Services: In Lintuniemi a campfire shelter and a camping site, also a possible place for swimming.
- Kirveslammen kierros Trail, 1.7 km, starts from the parking area of Kirveslampi and it's difficulty level is easy. This trail offers the best opportunity to get to know the mire nature of the Leivonmäki National Park. The trail goes over the Haapasuo Mire and the Haapasuonharju Ridge and, for the most part, has duckboards.
- Services: Nature observation tower in Haapasuo.
- Sights: A turf column at the Kirveslampi parking area.
- Joutsniemi Ridge is best-known destination of the National Park, and a popular scenic route. Joutsniemi Ridge is a 1,5-km-long esker headland, which projects into Lake Rutajärvi. On both sides of the trail on top of the esker you have beautiful lake scenery. A visit to Joutsniemi is easy to combine with Mäyränkierros or Harjunkierros Trails. The path on the top of the esker Joutsniemi is altogether 1,75 km long, so if you go all the way to the end of the ridge, it will give you 3,5 extra kilometres to walk. To the campfire place it is about 700 meters one way.
- Services: In Joutsniemi a campfire site and dry toilet, also a possible place for swimming.
Walking along the Rutalahti connecting trail, you can hike all the way to Selänpohja from the Koskikaran Kierros Trail (11 km). Some of the trail runs outside the National Park and along forest roads.
Harjunlahti connecting trail connects Harjunlahti swimming place and Kirveslampi parking area (3 km).
- The recreational skiing trail (10 km) in the southern part of the national park is maintained by the municipality of Joutsa as well as the ’Friends of Leivonmäki National Park’ association. The trail is supposed to be skiied clockwise. The starting points are located by Harjunlahti Swimming Area (municipality of Joutsa) and the Kirveslampi parking area. The skiing trail, which is suitable for classic skiing, will be opened when the Finnish schools have their annual skiing holiday and will be maintained irregularly. Check the skiing trail conditions on the website of the ‘Friends of Leivonmäki National Park’ association (www.leky.suntuubi.com, in Finnish). The wintry landscape and wilderness atmosphere of Haapasuo Mire are worth experiencing!
- Please note! Due to the nesting of birds on Haapasuo Mire, the period of restricted access starts on 15 April, after which you are not allowed to move about on the mire.
- The Harjujärvi campfire shelter is located along the trail. You can light a campfire there. There is also a dry toilet.
- Map of the recreational skiing trail (pdf file, 180 kb, in Finnish)