Hepoköngäs Waterfall Accessible Trail 1,1 km, Paljakka Finland

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  • Start: Hepoköngäs parking area, Hepokönkääntie 22, Puolanka
  • Ziel: Hepoköngäs parking area, Hepokönkääntie 22, Puolanka
  • leicht
  • 1,11 km
  • 16 Min.
  • 4 m
  • 190 m
  • 186 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 10 / 100

Hepoköngäs is one of Finland's highest natural waterfalls with a hight of 24 Meters and a popular nature destination. It is also accessible for disabled and families with strollers.

Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve was established in the area surrounding one of Finland's highest natural waterfalls, Hepoköngäs. Located in the magnificent Kainuu hill landscape, the waterfall is a popular destination. The river valley is lush and the gorge rugged. Half of the nature reserve is covered by spruce dominated old-growth forest in the shelter of which numerous threatened and rare species thrive.

The waterfall is at its most magnificent during the spring and early summer, when melt waters cause the river to swell. The waterfall's rumbling can at that time be heard a couple of hundred metres away.

From the carpark an accessible trail  is leading to the waterfall - 300 meters top level, 600 metres ground level.

Services for the Disabled

  • The trails leading to Hepoköngäs waterfall and the infrastructure and toilets along them are suited for use by the disabled.
  • The steepest slope of the ramp leading to the lookout platform, is at an angle of 8%.
  • The Hepoköngäs summer café is accessible by wheelchair.

Allgemeine Informationen

Wegbeschreibung

The trail leading to the Hepoköngäs waterfall, 600 m

Trail, which is suitable also for the disabled, is marked with colour spots.

There are lookout platforms near the waterfall, which are accessible also by wheelchair. From the parking area it is 300 metres to the top lookout platform and 640 metres to the lower one. During winter the road leading to Hepoköngäs Waterfall is kept clear of snow up to the parking area.

Services: Hepoköngäs parking area, accessible fireplace and lean-to and two accessible lookout platforms and accessible dry-toilets. 

Sicherheitshinweise

The stones and duckboards around the waterfall can be slippery, especially when wet.

During the summer season, an easy-to-access barrier-free trail.

Only start a fire if no forest fire warning are issued. Inform yourself about the current situation here: https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/warnings 

Ausrüstung

No special equipment is needed. Firewood is provided. 

Bring drinking water. 

Tipp des Autors

There is a nice lean-to schelter and campfire place above the waterfall for a break.

Anfahrt

By Car or bicycle

  • From Puolanka centre drive road 78 Paltamontie five kilometres towards south-east and turn to left to the road 891 (Hyrynsalmentie). Drive 7 km, turn right to the road 8912 (Hepokönkääntie) and follow the signposts. From the intersection it is about 2 km to the area.
  • From main road 5 (E63) turn towards Hyrynsalmi, drive through the centre of the village and continue along road 891 (Hyrynsalmentie) for 39 km. Then turn left tot the road 8912 (Hepokönkääntie) and follow the signposts. From the intersection it is about 2 km to the area.
  • From Suomussalmi (Ämmänsaari) turn west onto road 892 (Kyröntie) and continue for 35 km. At Kytömäki turn right onto road 891 (Hyrynsalmentie) and continue northwest for 19 km. Then turn left to the road 8912 (Hepokönkääntie) and follow the signposts. From the intersection it is about 2 km to the area.
  • During winter the road leading to Hepoköngäs Waterfall is kept clear of snow up to the parking area.
Parken

Free parking 

Hepokönkääntie 22, Puolanka

Road to the parking place kept open during winter.

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

No public transposrt

Literatur

Online map Retkikartta 

Karten

Printed map

Terrain Map 3444 01 Hepoköngäs, 1:20 000. Maps can be purchased from Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores.

Weitere Informationen

Café

A privately owned café, which is open from June through August, is situated on the road leading to Hepoköngäs waterfall.

Find more information about the area here: https://www.nationalparks.fi/hepokongas and https://www.nationalparks.fi/en/kuhmovisitorcentre 

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