Vuokatti trails invite you to enjoy the fresh air and picturesque nature. The network of routes includes various walking paths and hiking trails. If you are planning a longer trip, take the national UKK route that is going through Vuokatti area. The route signage system has been renewed in summer and autumn 2014.
Many different tracks start at Vuokatti Sports Institute promising a pleasant trekking experience in summertime for everyone. To help yourself we recommend to wear special shoes. You can bring your own or rent a pair in rentals offices.
In winter you can explore the existing routes, or create your own, taking a snowshoe walk. Snowshoes can be rented, for example, in GoVuokatti and Vuokatti Safari offices, as well as on Vuokatti Slopes.
Various paths in Vuokatti will take you to admire the hill views and the lake scenery. The path to Vuokatti Hill campfire is perfectly suitable for the whole family. Across the hill goes the national UKK route for hiking. We recommend coming for hiking in Vuokatti during autumn time, when the nature is most colourful. The signage system on the paths will be renewed during summer and autumn 2014.
Explore the national parks
Two national parks are located near Vuokatti. Hiidenportti route is taking you along vertical rocks, ancient spruce trees and an old farmhouse landscape. In Tiilikkajärvi you can enjoy the views of sandyshores and wild nature surroundings. HIidenportti is 50 km away from Vuokatti and Tiilikkajärvi is about 75 away.
As the national UKK-route goes through the region, the province hosts annually Finland’s oldest hiking event and 13 Hills Marathon (13 Vaaran Maastomaraton).
In Hiidenportti you can relax and feel the nature. The heart of the national park is a rugged gorge, which is, probably one of the main nature attractions in the region. The towering walls are up to 20 m high.
The park is about 100-150 years old, and has pine and spruce forests on its area. The ground is a mosaic of swamp and dry areas of land. The park has its own hiking route, which runs along Kovasinvaara – a former farmhouse area tells the visitors about old time living in the middle of wild nature.
Hiidenportti national park is located 50 km away from Vuokatti. To reach the park follow Kuhmo and Sotkamo signs, taking the Southern road (kanatie 76). From the information centre and the parking area it’s only 1,3 km to the gorge.
Another park close to Vuokatti is Tiilikkajärvi national park. The sand shores, wildnature and wildlife, as well as open swamps, make this park a popular hiking destination. Walking on the paths in the park you can learn about the history of the region, passing, among many other attractions, Täyssinä border stone and the traditional man-built landscape of 1920s. Tiilikkajärvi is about 75 km away from Vuokatti.