Pyhä-Häkki national park

Area 1300 hectars, 13 sq. km (3200 acres/5 sq.miles)

Of the area one half consists of bogs and fens, the other half is solid land and forests.

The purpose and task of Pyhä-Häkki national park is to preserve and represent old-growth forest as well as Central Finland’s boggy scenery.

The name of the park derives from a near-by lake Pyhäjärvi and of the first permanent residents of this area named Häkkinen.

Established in 1956

Pyhä-Häkki national forest was first protected of all use of land and wood in 1912. The national park was established in 1956, additional area of Kotaneva was added in 1980

Paths and trails

There are two hiking trails inside the park. Marked red is the main trail, 6,5 kilometers, covering all the different scenery and landscape of the park.

The other trail, 3,2 kilometers, marked in orange, runs inside the old-growth forest section.

Inside the park and partly in the surroundings runs a hiking trail of 16 kilometers, marked in white.

Services

There are no litter bins/-service inside the park (Hiking without Littering)

A lean-to cooking place/camp fire site at lake Kotajärvi 1,8 kilometers from the starting point.

Trail maps (QR-code) and a park presentation in the information booth

A well behind the information booth and at Poika-aho farm.

Compost toilets at information booth and at the cooking site.

Sights and points of interest

The Old Giant tree – a pine – 1,2 kilometers from the starting point. Born in the year of 1518, died in 2004 of "natural causes". Height 26 meters (86 ft), 8 cubic meters (91 cu ft) by volume. The New Giant tree, 0,9 km from the starting point, born 1741.

Poika-aho farm – fields and courtyard – at the other end of the park. Founded in 1854, the present house dating back to 1898. Three of the original buildings remain, the house, barn and a storage house.

Animals

The old forests of Pyhä-Häkki favor cavity-nesting birds, such as tits, owls and woodpeckers. Decayed trees are intensively used by various insects and bugs. Whereas the moose (Alces alces) finds hardly anything edible in the old forest. That’s why the bear (Ursus arctos) don’t appear in the area, either.

In winter time tracks of pine marten, fox, squirrel and otter reveal their existence in the park – even if the animals themselves are rarely spotted.

Gallinaceous birds thrive in the shelter of the old forest. Flocks of hazel-grouse can be seen in the dense forests all year around, wood grouse and black grouse are well off in the sandy areas of the forest.

The adopted symbol animal of the park is the black woodpecker which can be seen and heard all over the park throughout the year.

Regulations

Visitors can freely walk and ski in all areas of the park.

It is allowed to pick berries and mushrooms in the park.

It is forbidden to hunt or fish in the park.

Dogs must be leashed in the park.

Picking plants and other disturbing of nature is forbidden.

Management

Pyhä-Häkki National Park, as well as all national parks in Finland, are governed by Parks & Wildlife Finland (Metsähallitus).