Rokua National Park
Picture: Rokua Geopark / Harri Tarvainen
Rokua National Park was founded in 1956 to protect the natural-state lichen heaths and unusual geologic features of the area. Rokua is one of the oldest national parks in Finland: the first national parks in Finland were established in 1938. More were founded in 1956.
Rokua National Park is located at the southern end of a ridge formation and includes dunes, kettle hole marshes and clear-watered lakes, as well as ancient shore platforms and embankments.
Old pine trees, sturdy old forests, clean fresh air and the unique landscape are significant features of the park. Rokua National Park is the most important barren heath protection area in Finland.
The National Park provides a wonderful setting for hiking and outdoor activities. The park includes marked trails and campfire sites and visitors may sleep in the Pitkäjärvi camping area or the Pookivaara wilderness hut.