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Cognitive nature path

As Lithuania is a country of forest, lakes and rivers, the best way to see the beauty of them is to walk around. That is way a lot of Lithuanian National parks provide routes to walk around or make the cognitive paths in order to understand and feel the beauty and uniqueness of the nature that surrounds this country. The goal of the cognitive path is to acquaint visitors with the model forest management in a protected area, with forest and natural values and continuous processes that takes place in them. You will learn how to use the wood with minimal impact on different kinds of organisms living in the forest and their habitat.


Bird watching path is settled near Baltoji Voke fishponds area. Path is marked with a special sights and goes along the pond where you are able to see lots of water birds as ducks, grebes , fields and swans  also a number of rare exotic species - white-tailed eagle , osprey , great white heron, whooper swan , black stork , hoopoe and others. Visitors of this path will be able to know the difference between a stork, heron and crane as ponds nesting rare whooper swan Lithuania separated from the more frequent and better known to all mute swans why gulls are often incorrectly referred to as The Seagull and many other attractions. Visitors get acquainted with the world of bird’s help of professional guides - ornithologists. The trail was built in cooperation on international environmental association "Migratory Birds of the Western Palearctic (OMPO), public institution" Vilnius OMPO, LOD and ponds of the farming company "Black stork". Baltoji Voke (White Voke) district has a unique bird abundance and species diversity - there are registered more than 200 species of birds. The ponds and the surrounding forests, peat bogs and lake Papio detected in more than 60 European protected bird species observed 48 bird species included in the Red Book of Lithuania. Ponds and Papio Lake is of international importance for migratory waterfowl and wading birds resting place. During migration time here stays huge migrating geese, ducks and sandpipers squads. Here is one of the most important Lithuania bellied toad, endangered amphibian species in Europe, spawning ground.

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The suggested starting point for a tour is Puckoriai exposure in Pavilniai Regional Park. A breath-taking panorama opens from the newly-built observation platform to the Vilnele valley and Vilnius surroundings. The length of the road is 4,70 km. Puckoriai neighbourhoods cherished natural beauty and evaluated for a long time. The protection cared for a long time - without permission to cut the trees or collecting stones. The place name is associated with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in times of former weapons factory which was built here - Puskarnia. The river valley section is famous, rich and extremely valuable for its cultural heritage, which historically has not attracted much attention. This area is one of the most suitable to set up the old Vilnius Industry and Technology Museum in the open air. So the landscape of the valley reveals the natural evolution of the human being in harmony with a nature. The best way get to know the landscape of this area is to go along all this path. Walking along the trail you will visit these Pavilniai park attractions: Puckoriai outcrop Puckoriai manor, Puckoriai production complex, the French mill, mounds, and next to it the Stone Age camp, sundial.


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Educative 3.45 km long path leads through the most beautiful and hardly accessible places of the preserve, provide the visitors with knowledge about nature, peculiarities of local landscape. Information stands, bowers, car parking places are installed here. Varnikai preserve boasts 600 species of higher plants (16 of them are in the Red Book of Lithuania), 118 species of moss (4 protected species, and 3 species were found in Lithuania for the first time), 204 species of lichen (4 protected species), 15 species of protected insects were found there. This path goes thought naturally formed and human planted forest and reaches the swamp, with a specific swamp type plants. The nature of the path is always changing and this makes this path unique. 

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The length of the path is 3.6 km. This path covers the southern edge of the pinewood in Marcinkonys, and goes around the old mill dam. Original recreational installations, gazeboes and beach create an ideal atmosphere for relaxation. Here, one can experience the plants of the pine groves and the mushrooms of Dzūkija. The Duobupis Reservoir birds and water fauna, as well as forest animal preservation means (or equipment), can also be seen. While travelling along this path, one can also get familiar with the closed, shallow water pool’s flora and fauna.

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This path is in the territory around Musteika, five km from the Village. A walk along this path is a great opportunity to get acquainted with pine trees that have bee hollows in them, which reminds the visitor of one of the oldest professions in this region. Also, it is worth seeing the small sand dunes and mosaic of small marshes in the Musteika area. An excursion on this path will also provide useful information about the history of beekeeping, and to appreciate the toil of the profession in this region. The length of this road is 3,3km, showed in the map with a yellow line. As green line on the map is the road to reach the cognitive path.




The Zalgiriai cognitive walkway was established in Zalgiriai wood which abounds with marshes, meadows, homesteads and occupies an area of 1231 ha. The total area of Rupkalvių marsh (3410 ha) this wood is least of all influenced by the civilisation. There grow centuries old oaks that are not the characteristic trees of the marshes. Other main tree species are birches, black alders, white alders, pines, firs, aspens, ashes, willows and other deciduous trees. The Žalgiriai wood represents the whole flora of the Nemunas delta regional park. Though a bit different is Kulynu forest where firs and pines prevail but on its outskirts the composition of flora is similar to that of Zalgiriu wood. The cognitive walkway which is 1860 m long has been built in the reserve of the Žalgiriai village. The aim of the reserve is to conserve and expose the last remaining settlement of former “marsh people” and their way of household managing. 



The road is in the Asvejos National park is unique with its landscape as the Jurkiskio river has really steep bank and around it there is lots of paths and steps made for humans to walk around. So it will be quite a challenge to make to the top of the stairs but the green surroundings will help you. There is also a panorama area, where you can relax and appreciated the beauty of the nature that surrounds you. The length of the road is 1,5 km. This small and unique river is only 1,2km long and it drops really rapidly for 12 meters. The river is full of oval stones. The bigest stone which is easy to notice in the river is called the son of the bigest Lithuanian stone which name is Puntukas.  Where the area is wet and muddy the road is supported with woods and small bridges, during entire path there are information arrows to show the path. Also you can find the information board with the geological, geomorphologic and botanical theme. 

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 The length of the road is 3km, it will take around 1,5 hour to walk this path. It starts at the Labanoras village and goes to the Kaltanenai village direction. On this road there are the information boards where you will be able to read information about the unique Labanoras forest, swaps that are on the way, lakes and their ecosystems, lots of specific species of flora and fauna. This path will let you to get to know the nature of old and famous Lithuanian woods and also get touched to Lithuanian history as you will be able to see the hills where during middle ages castles where built, now only the hills remained. 

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Is the most popular route in the Aukstaitijos national park. The entire path length is 37km but it can be divided in two parts. The path is combine in order to avoid busy roads and that would be surrounded by nature. It goes thought the most beautiful attractions of the park: the biggest hill in the area Ladakalnis with a panorama view to 6 lakes also there is a costume to bring the small rocks every time you go up the hill for the luck and leave it at the highest place of hill near the oak tree. The path also goes to the Šiliniškių panorama tower, Salu ethnographical village, Ginuciai mound and Ginuciai water mill, Medžiukalnio spring and more. The entire road is surrounded by the bountiful nature and unique atmosphere as it was a historical place of castles during Middle Ages. 


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It is located in the Aukstaitijos national park which is full of lakes and rivers. The path is near very beautiful Lūšių lake, between Palūšės and Meironų villages. The path is 3,5 km long goes through big hills of the park. Close to them are small lakes, springs, swamps with its unique nature. Close to the lakes there are grass and flowers areas and everything is surrounded with a rich forest.

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The length of the path is 4km. This path winds through the Village of Kapiniškiai towards the lower dunes, where the small Bakanauskas marshes and the Bakanauskas Lake are. This lake and marshes formed because of a thermokarst event – when an iceberg was withdrawing from the area, a section broke off, and the block of ice was buried under the silt. Marshes like this are very specific for the sandy flatlands of Dainava. A dock stretches from the edge of the marsh to the lake, from which one can see the varied plant life, and if one settles in the scenic view area, one can enjoy the colors and the smells of the marsh. While walking along the path, get acquainted with one of the most impressive rivers in Lithuania-the Skroblus. There is no other river in Lithuania that is as short (17.3 km) and as deep. The outflow from the Old Lady’s Garden Spring in Margionys nets only 8 L per second, and into the Merkys- 700 L per second. The Old Lady’s Garden Spring is one of the fountain springs of the Skroblus that has been declared a Natural Hydrogeological Monument. The fountains of the Skroblus surface not only through the slopes, but at the Old Lady’s Garden, they force their way out from deep, watery, intra-moraine layers to the surface, and at the surface, form into pools which locals call burbaklėmis. There is a dock stretching over the marshy pool, which leads right to the spring, whose water flows from caves from the depths of the earth. It is said that the children of Margionys were brought to their parents when they were pulled out of the spring by an old woman. A great portion of the Skroblus Valley has been declared a Reserve territory, and visitors are prohibited.

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We are pleased invite you to discover Marcinkonys environs by following Dziackagiris sightseeing route. The length of the route is 13,8 km, however, you may choose sections of 7 km or 10,5 km. The route begins at Marcinkonys Visitors Centre.  On the way of the route you will go through Marcinkonys village which originated from a settlement of forest scouts mentioned back in 1637. Also you will notice the Duobupis, a small river that crosses Naujaliai, farther on joins with the Dziackagiris stream which gave the name to this sightseeing route. After leaving the village the Dziackagiris flows into the Grūda that runs thought the forest from the Grūda lake. This lake was famous for its large population crayfish; one can also see trout and graylings and otters that hunt there.

One more attraction on the way is a Hill of Shooting-Range. A shooting-range was established here during the Polish Occupation period later to be used by Germans. There were wooden rails at the foot of the hill that were used for pulling a trolley with attached targets. A cottage stood at the edge of the forest from which they used to shots at the moving target-trolley. The high slope would „absorb“ the shots that missed the target. Village children used to look for lead from bullets for their fishing-rods. They used to slide down the sand and look if any piece of a bullet came to the surface.

This place is also famous as you can see Trees with hollows. When you cross the Grūda, you will find a hollow pine. There are very old bee-keeping traditions in the forest of Dzūkija. During hard period, people would face a shortage bread or money but they would never experiens a lack of honey. You can see bees living in the hollows of the Ancient Bee-Keeping Path located in Musteika environs.

What is more there is a Hill of Valley. The white sand hill is an open hill in the Roosters corner. Inland dunes in Dzukija pine forests extend for tens of kilometers but all of them have stopped moving since trees and grass have stopped the movement of sand. But this dune is still alive. Helped by the wind, it tries to resist plants by pouring its white sand on them.

In addition to this The Lichen forests are replaced by small swamps, meadows and bushes called “The Bear’s Rump”. Also there is The Aklažeris. It is a small lake of thermo – karstic origin that appeared when an ice lump broke away from a glacier and was covered with soil.

The last attraction is Beaver’s Places. The path leads through the sections stretching out through the dunes toward the Warsaw – St. Petersburg railroad leaving the Aklažeris behind. On the right you can see lush sedge meadows and low – lying marshy land quagmires which conceal beavers cabins. On the left, 200 m from the railroad, there is a circus brimming with numerous springs where the Dziackagiris stream begins. After visiting a woody island, you will reach a wide clearing: these are lanes through which Marcinkonys village cattle were driven to the border of Čepkeliai Raised Bog. If you turn left, there is the Kastinis Lake nearby, and if you turn right, you will return to Marcinkonys Visitors Centre by following the lanes.

The all path is surrounded by the unique this area flora and fauna. Some of them are written to Lithuania red book as they are saved from extension as they are rare to notice.

Five km from the Village of Marcinkonys, on the border, is an educational path in the marsh and area surrounding the marshland. On this path, visitors see the Čepkeliai Marsh, pine-covered dunes and get acquainted with marshes and forest flora. Here is an opportunity to glance, albeit briefly, at one of our most valuable, natural objects-the Čepkeliai Marsh. From the viewing tower, the landscape of large forest covered islands, scattered plots of marshland shrouded in smoke and a wooden path (catered for the disabled), leads to a scenic viewing area. The goal of Reserves is to guarantee the least amount of disturbance to the normal processes of Nature, and that is why the amount of visitors in the area is restricted. We need to respect this policy.

In the Reserve, one can explore the area using a special sightseeing path. From April 1st until July 1st, in order for visitors to use the educational path, they need to be taken by an authorized employee, or a licensed nature guide. During this time of year, there can be no more than two excursions per day, and with groups that are no larger than 20 people.



The Aukštumala cognitive walkway whose length is 1740 m has been set up in Aukštumala thelmological preserve. The preserve was designed to show the beauty of the nature and conserve the marshy ecosystem distinguished for lake lets complexes, rare and vanishing flora and fauna.

The walkway that meanders (over the former bolder pavement) consists of 11 one side stations equipped with information stands. In the Aukštumala marshes very important habitats of the very unique plants which are close to extension as they are written the Red book. There are a lot of insects, small amphibians and reptiles also nesting birds have been observed there. The Aukštumala marshes are poorly visited by people that are why it is such important sanctuary for a whole variety of animals. 

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The world’s first scientific monograph was written about the raised bog of Aukstumala (CA Weber 1902 : Über die Vegetation und des Enstehnung des Hochmoors von Augstumal im Memeldelta mit auf vergleichenden Ausblicke auf andere Hochmoore der Erde).

In 2002 in english: C.A. Weber and the Raised Bog of Augstumal.


2olando kepureThis path is settled along the Lithuania‘s white sand beach. The paths are located in the unique forest as these trees that grows there are not common for this area, you can recognise them from the information boards which are along the path. The path itself has bright colour sights on the trees or specific boards. All the way you are able to see the seashore from 15 meters high as the dunes ar washed away and formed this unique beach. Ecological cognitive path is created in the way that by walking you can have a nice view all the way to the seaside and also feel the history as this forest was planted my human long time ago. The path continues from Melnarage the part of Klaipeda city till Olando kepure it is a name of scarp coast place. In the end of the sea path by the forest road you can easily reach the Giruliai Klaipeda city area. On the way you can also go to see a Second World War German people built fortifications.  They were hided in the dunes but now sea washed the sand away and can be easily noticed as it is black colour on the withe sand. It is called a „Black fort“which you can see in the end of this cognitive path.




Authority of the Kursiu nerija National Park has pleasure to invite you to get acquainted with the trees and bushes of the Spit and take a pleasant stroll along the dendrologic path. Length of the path is 1600 metres. Beginning and end of the route are marked with stands. The entire route of the dendrologic path is marked with wooden posts whose top edges are painted in white and green. There are 16 stations along the path with the stands featuring descriptions, drawings and pictures of trees. On especially scenic spots suitable for rest and reflections you will find benches, where you will be able to just enjoy nature’s sounds.

The dendrologic path ends with acquaintance with the hornbeam. We do hope that the walk alongside this path will give you energy and enriched you with new knowledge. And If you still have energy and want to see the hill full of wooden witch, devil and other sculptures it is really close to this path. It is even called the hill of witches (on the map in Lithuanian Raganu kalnas)

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nida2In Parnidis cognitive path is 1.8 km long. Touring path has been laid in the southern part of Nida settlement. When visiting this path you will see wonderful plants, lichen, fungi, insects, birds, visit the “smithy” of the woodpecker and will also admire the magnificent natural landscapes and visit the symbol of the sea location Nida lighthouse, Sundial. Parnidzio path crosses the wellness route, where exercising and doing sports will be pleasurable both for children and adults.

In 2009 the path was supplement with 9 informational indexes, which will help you finding the way to Parnidzio dune easier. On the top of Parnidzio dune there is a panoramic site. It is one of the most popular places to visit in the Curonian Spit. In 1995 a sundial was built here. This place was chosen not accidentally – the Curonian Spit is the only place in Lithuania, where the sun sets and rises from the surface of the water. Here, as in no other place, one can see the Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon simultaneously and experience a feeling that you are on a land between two waters. Amazing panoramas open up from Parnidzio dune: southwards – the great Lithuanian Sahara blinding by the light and shadows on the “travelling dunes”, northwards – the green emerald of the dunes, while at the foot, at the very amphitheatre – Nida settlement characterized by red-tiled roofs.


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