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Soontagana stronghold - the village Kurese - Mihkli Salumäe hiking trail starts from the bog island of Soontagana.  The length of the hiking trail is 4.8 km. At a tranquil pace, the track takes 3-4 hours to complete. The wet spots are partly covered with a boardwalk; however, it is advisable to choose waterproof footwear. The trail runs on a wide variety of landscapes - forests, alvar pastures, swamps and hills. Salumägi (37.5 m) is the highest mountain in North Pärnu County, sacrificial place of the ancient Estonians and a lime burning place. The age of the ruins of Kurese village and fields is believed to be over 1000 years. On the Soontagana bog island are the ruins of two farms, which are known to have a history of 22 generations. Soontagana’s first stronghold fortifications date back to the 7th-8th century. It is a good idea to build bonfires and to camp on Soontagana bog island, where there are rest and camping facilities, an observation tower and an opportunity to stay overnight in a forest hut; lavatories are available.


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Avaste Nature Reserve trail starts at the edge of the bog island at the foot of Soontagana hill fort and its length is 2.6 km. At a tranquil pace, the track takes 1-1.5 hours to complete. On the trail there are seven points of interest introducing Avaste Nature Reserve and the flora characteristic to Avaste swamp. On the Soontagana swamp island there are several barbecue places, toilets, a forest hut and an observation tower.  
 


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Rae Lake Trail begins on the Shore of Rae Lake in the middle of the forest. The length of the hiking trail is 1.7 km; it takes 1-1.5 hours to complete it at a calm pace. There are two bridges on the track, a number of points of interest, information stands and an observation tower. From the observation tower can be seen kingfishers as well as a beaver, busying itself on the opposite shore. On the camping site of Rae Lake is a parking lot, a village swing, a swimming platform, campfire sites, a table and benches with a canopy, a wood shed, toilets, a well and a fish ladder built over the river dam.  
 


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The objective of the Laiksaare nature trail is to introduce the flood plain forest that is rare in Estonia along with the inherent plant communities. When passing through the trail one must cross three little bridges and fallen trees and climb along the river shore. The length of the hiking trail is 1.5 km; it takes 1-1.5 hours to complete it at a calm pace. In the middle of the trail is a little forest hut, with a place for a bonfire.
 


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