Karula National Park

Karula National Park is in Valgamaa of Estonia.


Karula National Park is Estonian’s smallest and it was recognised as a national park in 1993.


The park in winter

The landscape of the Karula uplands, formed thousands of years ago by continental glacial activity, is noted for its rich diversity; marshes, swamp-forests, small lakes, streams, meadows and floret-covered knolls and hills.

Seventy per cent of the territory of the national park is forest and there are 38 lakes.

The cultural landscape is sparsely inhabited. Narrow fields, plots of forests, mires, meadows and farmsteads all give the landscape an especially intimate feel.

Flora and fauna

The most typical large mammals living in the park are moose, western roe deer, wild boar and lynx. Common small mammals include the red fox, raccoon dog, polecat, brown hare, red squirrel and European beaver.

157 species of birds have been spotted in Karula National Park.

Get in

The visitor centre in Karula National Park lies close to Lake Ähijärv. It provides information about hiking trails, campsites and sights in the national park, a multimedia slide show and exhibitions.


Entrance free of charge.


The official Estonian tourism website provides an extensive list of options for accommodation.


Fire rings with cooking constructions can be found in marked campsites. Upon leaving the site make sure that the fire is out.

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