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 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.
No special equipment is needed. Firewood is provided.
Bring drinking water.
There is a nice lean-to schelter and campfire place above the waterfall for a break.
By Car or bicycle
Hepokönkääntie 22, Puolanka
Road to the parking place kept open during winter.
No public transposrt
Terrain Map 3444 01 Hepoköngäs, 1:20 000. Maps can be purchased from Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores.
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