Nature Reserves along the Kinda kanal
The whole of Östergötland is full of leafy forest, beautiful pastures and open plains. Not least along the tranquil Kinda kanal! Here the nature reserves teem with all sorts – conifer forest, deciduous forest, primeval forest. Many places along the canal also pass through northern Europe’s largest uninterrupted oak landscape.
If you are out on a hiking trip along Östgöta Trail, you will pass several of them – but it is equally good to just visit the nature reserves during a day. We have collected some of the golden nuggets that steadfastly watch over the canal, where the city noise becomes merely a memory. Welcome into the forest!
Idhult Nature Reserve
Older cultivated landscape with hiking trails of around 1.5 kilometres.
Trollegater Nature Reserve
Trollegater is a nature reserve that contains Sweden’s largest underground caves.
Viggeby Nature Reserve
Viggeby Nature Reserve comprises several islands in Lake Järnlunden. Several hiking trails in the area.
Tinnerö Oak Landscape
The Reserve is dominated by old oaks in rolling pastoral countryside.
Säby Västerskog Nature Reserve
Säby Västerskog belongs to Östergötland’s finest natural forest reserve, as close to primeval forest as you can come in southern Sweden.
Klevberget Nature Reserve
From the top of the mighty and steep fault of Klevberget mountain you have a magnificent view over the deciduous forests on Borgarmon mountain, Hallstad’s flowering meadows and the vast waters of Lake Järnlund.
Valö Nature Reserve
Valö Nature Reserve is a mighty and steep fault around 100 meters deep, with magnificent views over forested landscape and Lake Björkern.
Sturefors Nature Reserve
From the open oak pastures you can see Sturefors Castle from the 1700s, just where the River Stång and the Kinda kanal run into Lake Ärlången.
Hallstad Meadows Nature Reserve
Hallstad meadows is a unique meadow with pollarded lime trees stretching scenically along Lake Järnlunden’s southern shore.