Come and experience the steep cliffs, scenic viewpoints and rich nature at Kanavuori! The nature trail is easy to reach by bus or bicycle from Jyväskylä.
Kanavuori nature trail is located right next to Vaajakoski, about 10 km from Jyväskylä city centre.
The trail is 3.4-km long and takes you up a steep rocky hill, where you can listen to the rustling of leaves in the meadows and admire the scenic views from the clifftops, all the way to Lake Päijänne and Lake Leppävesi. The trail climbs up to almost 200 meters above sea level. Though they are well-known for their environment, Kanavuori and Naissaari are also rich in cultural history; hence they are part of the Natura 2000 network. See if you can spot the old hydroelectric power plant of Naissaari from the nature trail!
Things to see
The route description was created in #Keski-Suomen retkeilyreitit maailmankartalle project, funded by Central Finland's Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
Remember to stop by also at neighbouring Naissaari where there is a café, a beach and a disc golf course.
Kanavuori nature trail is fairly challenging. The trail begins with a steep ascent along a rocky path that is partly covered with tree roots. There are rope railings and steps that help you over the trickiest parts. After you have reached the top the route will be easier, but it remains narrow and partly covered with tree roots. There are also occasional mild ascents and descents.
The trail is circular for the most part but towards the end of the trail you will reach the familiar part of the route which will now be a challenging descent. Take care especially in wet weather, as the rocks are slippery then.
The trail is safest to walk when there is no snow on the ground, because ice and snow may make the trail even more slipper, to dangerous levels.
There is an information point with maps and signage from Naissaari Café parking area (Naissaaren kahvi- ja juhlahuone) to the nature trail.
The trail is marked with red paint triangles and there are some rope railings and steps along the route.
Campfires are not allowed at Kanavuori.
Footwear with good ankle support and traction is recommended because of the steep ascents and descents.
The starting point is by Etu-Kanavuorentie, 40800 Vaajakoski, next to Saltunlahti bay.
Coordinates: Geographic 62.240240 N 25.892900 E UTM 35V 442472 6901435
ETRS-TM35FIN N 6901435, E 442472.
Please park your car at Naissaari parking area, address: Naissaarentie 2, 40800 Vaajakoski.
Note that you will need to walk about 700 meters from there to the start of the trail.
There is a map with more information about the trail at the parking area. Please follow the signs and take the combined pedestrian bicycle path to Etu-Kanavuorentie and you will arrive at the official starting point of the trail close to Saltunlahti bay. There are signs that direct you to the nature trail by the edge of the forest.