Educational hiking trails
How to feel closer to the pureness of nature in Lithuania, how to touch it, smell it, taste it? Try an educational trail! Don’t hurry – choose from over a hundred and fifty cognitive walkways set up in the most beautiful corners of Lithuania. Walking along those trails, you will not only see the most interesting natural objects, but also hear millions of sounds of the Lithuanian forest, dispel the mystery of the wetlands, and at a moment of repose refresh yourself with water from our streams or springs.
The 1.5 km long path made in the marsh (visited only with a guide from April 1 to July 1) makes it possible to have a sneak peak at one of the most protected natural areas in our country – the largest bog with a causeway in Lithuania – the Čepkeliai Marsh. When walking, you will see continental dunes, get acquainted with the local vegetation, and look at the large misty swamp from the observation tower.
It is prohibited to visit this reserve in northern Lithuania on your own, so this 4 km path, available only with the escort of a guide, gives a unique opportunity to see protected animals and plants in their natural environment; for example, a species of sundew that can only be found in Lithuania. The 30-meter-tall observation tower built next to the trail will reward you with a panorama of the Kamanai marsh and the flat plains characteristic of this part of the country.
The 3.6 km path located in Žagarė Regional Park is unique because it is the longest boardwalk in Lithuania. Such a long raised trail is a real discovery for those who are interested in bogs’ ecosystems, as it makes it possible getting acquainted with the vegetation and wildlife of the bog in its natural environment, to enjoy the silence disturbed only by only the inhabitants of the bog, such as the black grouse, gray cranes, and geese.
Although Lithuania cannot boast of high mountains, you will surely hear the sound of mountain rivers here! Only 1.2 km long, the canyon-type Jurkiškis river connects the lakes of Asveja and Suoselis. Due to the hilly surface, and the difference in height, especially during the spring flood, it resembles a real mountain creek. You can enjoy its beauty by traveling on a 1.5 km walkway that has plenty of steps and overpasses.
In this rather short (700 m), but diverse in terms of terrain, geological trail you will not only exercise your legs, but also get acquainted with a unique phenomenon of Northern Lithuania – sinkholes that form when groundwaters wash out the underground gypsum strata. Going down the trail, up and down the steps and overpasses, you will see 13 different sinkholes – some of them rather simple, while others have a more complex form, some of them separate, while others interconnected from the outside and even the inside.
Walking down the 2km walkway built on this spectacular moraine, can make you feel as if in a tundra! The boulder field, formed by the last glacier 26 thousand years ago, has not been touched by economic activity. Thus the unique landscape of this area with stones, whose diameter can be as large as 3 meters, creates a breathtaking impression. And if you believe in the legend of the origin of this place that says that the boulders are Swedish soldiers turned into stone by pagan gods...
The 13.8 km trail that bears a beautiful Dzūkian name is one of the longest in Lithuania, but you can choose shorter sections of 7 or 10.5 km. The trail runs along sandy riverbanks with beaver houses, dunes, mysterious swamps, and rustic forests. All the natural diversity of this region of Lithuania is revealed before your eyes!
An esker is a long, narrow hill, shaped by glaciers from sand and gravel. Žagarė esker, surrounded by the plains of Northern Lithuania, is one of the most impressive natural sights in Lithuania. You will be able to get acquainted with the surroundings by visiting the 3.6 km cognitive path that runs along Žvelgaitis Hillfort, the esker, the lake, as well as the banks of the River Švėtė.
The 1.1 km trail of the Nagliai Nature Reserve will lead you through a mysterious natural phenomenon – dead sand dunes.
Walking more than a kilometre along the surface of the raised bog would be impossible if it wasn’t for one secret: the trail that has been constructed along the kūlgrinda – an ancient underwater road of stones that went through the swamps. Once a secret way to escape from attackers, it now gives us the opportunity to learn about the flourishing flora of the raised bog and to admire its distinct landscape from right up close.
When traveling down the trail that begins by the impressive bluff known as Dutchman’s Cap and continues for another 3 km, you’ll be able to look the Baltic Sea from a height of about a dozen meters!
The route is intended for those wishing to get acquainted with the pride of the South of Lithuania – the lake of Žuvintas, famous for its floating islets and an extremely rich variety of birds. During the warm season, the 350 m boardwalk made between the reeds, allows you to listen to the impressive choir of the winged population of Žuvintas. At the end of the trail, there is an observation tower, from which you can conveniently observe over 200 species of migratory birds living in the lake!
Located near Kaunas Reservoir, the Dubrava Reserve covers an area of more than 120 hectares and features a breathtaking education trail. Nearly two kilometers long, the trail has eight information boards about the extraordinary wildlife you are walking through.
The 5 km walkway in Pavilnys Regional Park in Vilnius, is a great place to hide from the bustle of the city. From the impressive 65-meter-high Pūčkoriai outcrop, you can admire the view of the Vilnelė river running down below and the forests surrounding it, and, after descending into the valley of the river, familiarize yourself with the historical and cultural objects, and then go up to the Pučkoriai Hillfort.
The historical capital of Lithuania, Trakai, extremely rich in historical sites, has something for nature lovers too. The 3.5 km long winding path over the bog in Varnikai forest leads away from the noise of the city to the most interesting places of this natural area: the Ilgelis swamp, tiny lakes, and a beautiful forest. Enjoy the blueberries, lingonberries, wild strawberries, cranberries, and the sounds and scents of the forest!