Halmejoki nature trail
The Halmejoki nature trail in Ranta-Toivala is nearly fully located in a conservation area that belongs to the EU’s Natura protected areas network. Different nemoral forests are characteristic of Halmejoki, the most beautiful of which are located along brooks passing through the area. Forestry work has been carried out in the conservation area in an aim to sustain and restore the nemoral forest vegetation, and promoting the diversity of the forest stand structure.
The nature trail is slightly under two kilometres long and presents the nemoral forests and their vegetation. Visitors get to also familiarise themselves with the versatile bird population in Halmejoki. If you are lucky, you might be able to hear the song of some of these birds, such as greenish warbler or red-breasted flycatcher, which favour old forests returned to their natural state. The nature trail also provides information about the nature conservation work carried out in the area. The trail starts at a parking sport located along the Ranta-Toivalantie road. A campfire site maintained by the Ranta-Toivala village association is located along the trail.
Halmejoki nature trail is connected to the around five-kilometrePökösenmäki path. The path maintained by the village association passes through sites where events of the Finnish War took place.