Kurjenrahka National Park is a national park in Southwest Finland. It was established in 1998 and covers 29 square kilometres. The area consists mainly of bog but also includes primeval forests, some of which have been unmanaged for over 150 years. The Eurasian lynx is a permanent resident of Kurjenrahka, but brown bears and gray wolves have also been observed and are known to reside in areas within or close to the park. Marked trails in the general area extend to over 300 km.
- Kurjenrahka National Park is a national park located in the area of several municipalities. It is the largest protected, natural bog area in Southwest Finland. It is about 35 kilometers from the center of Turku. In the vicinity of the park there is also the Vaskijärvi Nature Park.
- Kurjenrahka National Park has mostly rugged oases, but there are also forests and straight lakes. Some of the forests, such as the Pukkipalo treasure area, are remarkably old. The fauna and flora of the park are mainly typical salt flora.
- However, the area is also home to wilderness, rare and endangered animal species in Southwest Finland, such as the flying squirrel, the woodpecker and the bone gauge. The national park is also the southernmost occurrence of many northern bird species.
- The biggest attraction of the park is the border stone of Kuhankuono, and other popular places to visit are the Kurjenpesä Nature House on the shores of Lake Savojärvi and the Rousapiha recreation area in the municipality of Nousiainen.
- There are several marked trails in the area of the national park, which belong to the trail network of the Kuhankuono hiking trail. The route, which is more than two hundred kilometers long, has six signposted ring routes with sheds and campfire sites.
- When going to the main information point of the National Park and to Kuhankuono boundary mark, from the road 204 (Turku – Säkylä) turn west to Kuhankuono road, which will take you to the Kurjenpesä parking area north of Kurjenrahka Mire. The fork of the road is about 35 km north of Turku. On the road 204, there is a small sign before the fork. The parking area is in the end of the small road (700m).
- To the parking area of the Vaskijärvi Strict Nature Reserve turn from the road 2020 (Yläne – Mynämäki) towards Heinjoki. The parking area is on the right side of the road, after about 3 km.
By Public Transportation
- Coaches running from Turku and Säkylä (www.matkahuolto.fi) to the bus stop by the name Kuhankuono, stop 500 meters from the Kurjenpesä Nature Information hut.
- Starting on 23 April 2019 to 22 September 2019 the local buses (www.foli.fi) 21 and 23 run from the market square in Turku to Kuhankuono, where there is only a 200 meter walk to the nearest hiking trail and around 1 kilometer hike to the Kuhankuono Boundary Mark. Outside of the school holidays the busses 21 and 23 stop at Tortinmäki where there is about 6 km from Kuhankuono and Vajosuo.
Customer Service and Guidance
- More information from +358 206 39 4620 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kurjenpesä Nature Information Hut
- Opening hours: Daily 8 am – 8 pm
- At the Nature Information Hut you get information on the National Park, and the exhibition displays the mire from the point of view of the Crane (Grus grus).
- There are no customer service officers at the Nature Information Hut.
Please read instructions and rules in Kurjenrahka National Park before visiting.
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