Pyhä-Häkki National Park

The most magnificent primeval forest in southern Finland.
Pyhä-Häkki National Park is the home of the most beautiful ancient forest in southern Finland. Its old pines, hardened snags and other ancient trees that have been decomposed by bracket fungi have been given protected status.

Half of the national park area is forests and the other half is mires. Kotaneva and Riihineva are among the most impressive mires, and they are also accessible via duckboards.

Pyhä-Häkki is the largest and most impressive primeval forest in Southern Finland. The pines are a thing for Saarijärvi. You can also find your own beloved pine. Take an excursion in the Pyhä-Häkki National Park where there are 400-year-old pines. The biggest tree in the park lived from 1518 to 2004 and it will still stand a long time as a silver gray Kelo pine. It is 26 meters tall and has a circumference of 288 cm. There are hiking trails of 3 and 6 km in the park and the Keski-Suomen maakuntaura hiking route goes through it.
Kotajärven itärannalla on keittokatos, jossa on tulisija, takka ja hella. Varusteina löytyy myös kahvipannu, kattila ja makkaratikkuja. Juomavettä saat opastuspisteen pihassa olevasta kaivosta tai Poika-ahon torpan kaivosta.

Pyhä-Häkki on upea kokemus myös talvella, ikihongat ovat peittyneet valkeaan lumeen ja koskemattomat hanget kutsuvat kulkijaa.

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Sights and scenery

Wildlife & Nature

Discover the wonders of ancient forests! In the magnificent pine forests of Mastomäki, the trees are 250 years old on average. The park's most famous ancient pine tree, the Big Old Tree, which is now a snag, began growing in 1518. The giant's diameter is 288 cm. The new Big Tree, chosen in 2006, dates back to 1641 and is alive and well along the Mastomäki circular trail (3.2 km). The Big Old Tree still stands tall around 200 metres along the Kotajärvi circular trail.


Wildlife & Nature

Hiking is the best way to reach the sights in the park and enjoy the wild. There are approximately 30 km of marked trails in the Pyhä-Häkki National Park. Choose the one you prefer from among the four circular trails (1.4–17 km), pack a picnic in your rucksack and embark on an adventure.

Poika-aho Crown Tenant Farm

Landscapes & Sceneries

Settlers moved to the Pyhä-Häkki area over a hundred years before the National Park was established. Poika-aho Crown Tenant Farm was established in 1854. It is mentioned for the first time in the Saarijärvi church register in 1860. In 1869 the farm was ordered to pay a temporary tax in the form of 137.4 litres of grain.