The Juustopolku trail through spruce forest is an old route connecting Heinola and Vuolenkoski. Its fairytale atmosphere brings peace to the hiker’s mind, and walking the trail clears the mind of everyday worries and cares.
- Duration: 1 day
- Trail markings: The trail is marked with white paint on trees, rocks, the ground, signposts and tall tree stumps. There are several signposts along the trail.
- Suitability: for hikers in good physical condition
At the start, the hiking trail descends into an old spruce forest. A little after the Korvenlampi lean-to, the trail passes under power lines for a while, after which it follows forest roads. The terrain is variable, and you can see marks left by humans along the way in clear-cut areas and forest roads. The trail leads back to spruce forest, and at times the scenery changes into rocks covered in lichen, groves and heather-covered heathland. After the second lean-to, the path descends slowly towards the end.
Good to know
There are several connecting routes to Vierumäki from the trail. The website of the City of Heinola has an electronic map of the trail. Puddles form on the trail in rainy weather. In autumn, a hike is organised on the Juustopolku trail. For the event, bus transport back to the starting point has been arranged for both ends of the trail.
At the start, the path rises gently uphill for a few kilometres, and there are some duckboards along the way. The easy trail is made more challenging by its length and the undulating terrain. The trail is easy to follow but, at some logging sites, you must be careful not to lose sight of the markings in white paint.
To start the trail
Juustopolku trail can be reached from the centre of Heinola by walking Tamppilahdenkatu street to Muikkuapajanlahti where the trail begins.
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From Vuolenkoski you can start the trail from Vuolenkoski School or sports field. There are parking areas in both places.
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Vuolenkoski sports field
There is a bus connection from Helsinki to Heinola. You should leave the bus at Jyränkö bus stop. In Vuolenkoski there is no public transportation available.