Best trails in Courland, Latvia

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Trying to find the best Courland trails? AllTrails has 91 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Roja, Rucava or Ventspils, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 84 easy trails in Courland ranging from 0.6 to 23.2 miles and from 0 to 577 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Courland, Latvia
Top trails (91)
#1 - Talsi Hillocks Charm Loop
Talsi, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 5 h 30 m
Talsi Tourism Information Centre is suggested as the starting point of the route. There you can also get a brochure with detailed information on the route and it’s objects of interest. Together with visiting the Kamparkalns’ watching tower the hiking time is about 4h and gives a fantastic opportunity to burn the daily calorie intake while enjoying spectacular views along the way on a 18km distance. The trail stretches away from the city centre along the Talsi lake promenade in the direction of Abeli. Here you can see one of the 9 hillocks of Talsi city – Talsi Hillfort, at the foothills of which an ancient Curonian city had been located. The trail further passes the Abelezers (Apple tree lake) and leads to Vanagkalns (Hawk mountain), where mosaic-like landscales with expressive hills’ terrain characteristic to Talsi hillock region can already be noticed. The most distant point of the trail is Kamparkalns, which is the highest point in northern Kurzeme (174,8m). A 28m high watching tower rises on the top opening a great view on the Talsi hillocks’ landscape, forest, lakes and other objects. In winter 2 skiing tracks are operating in the area. Further on the route goes in the direction back to Talsi, passing Milzu kalns and Sirdsezers (Heart Lake). Aso one may suspect, the lake has got it’s name because of it’s heart-like shape. The area between Milzu kalns and Sirdsezers is called Vinleja (Wine Valley), as there were wine gardens cultivated during the times of the Duchy of Courland. Sapnu lake (the lake of Dreams) is located at the foot of Milzu kalns. A nice resting area is installed here with a good view to the romantic lake. The last stage of the trail goes along the Beech (Fagus sylvatica) wood planted in 1890. In the end of the route you’ll return to Talsi and climb up on the Talsi Hillfort, which opens one of the best views to the Talsi lake promenade and gives an opportunity to take some great pictures. The trail is not marked, though there are many red, yellow and puple-coloured stripes on the wooden pales and trees along the way – don’t get confused, this is the marking for several cycling routes, as the Talsi hillocks’ area is very popular amongs the cyclists. The route in question is also suitable both, for hikers and for cyclists. Wheelchair friendly at the Talsi lake promenade part. Accessible with an assistant in the central part of Talsi city.Show more
#2 - Viesata River Circles
Irlava, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#3 - Circles of the River Riva
Jūrkalne, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 21 m
Although the “brown sign” marking the way to the trail is not yet installed on the highway, it’s rather easy to find it. Follow the sign to Ulmale-Labrags lutheran church, the starting point of the trail is marked with a special trail name sign just after the church. The route goes in the direction away from the sea and stretches up and down along the Rīva river picturesque valley. Rīva flows in a canyon-type ravine, the depth of which reaches 12 m. The trail reveals countless river twists and turns, steep coastal cliffs, diversity of plants. If lucky, you can be able to spot even a kingfisher or a black stork. The trail is accessible all year round. If canoeing/kayaking, spring and autumn is the most suitable. The trail has 3 stages, first two – each 3 km long, the last – 2 km long. The route is suitable for active travellers, it shall take around 2,5 h to accomplish the total distance. There are several simple resting areas along the route with benches and fireplace sites. The first two stages are marked with green paint on trees. The last – the hardest one – has not been specifically formed and marked, it will be enjoyed by hikers who prefer wilderness and are ready to overcome various obstacles – broken trees fallen over the trail path, overgrown shore etc. Here you are advised to follow the river coastline in order to not to get lost until you reach the Gumbu bridge at the end of the trail. The route has a few options: you can hike out and hack for a long hike, do a one way on the trail and return by the road near the trail. The public transport is not accessible though, you should think of leaving a car nearby before starting the trail or walk all the way back if you want to hike one way. When visiting the trail, travellers are recommended to bring comfortable hiking shoes and appropriate clothing. Along with the trail, travellers are suggested to see the Old wooden bridge over the Rīva river and the waterfall, both in the center of Labrags, located just before the start of the trail.Show more
#4 - Dunika Bog Trail
Dunika, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
Dunika bog trail is one of the longest bog boardwalk trails in Europe – it is 5km long, though point-to-point type, which implies that you should either arrive with 2 cars, leaving one at the end of the trail, or hike the trail twice – out &back, hiking the total distance of 10km and slowly enjoying the fantastic bog atmosphere twice. The small pine-trees in the bog are in reality already more than 100 years old. The trail ends with the Lukne white or European Hornbeam stands, which is also more than 100 years old and is the only one in Latvia. The boardwalk through the Hornbeam stands has just been renovated. Yet, there are some obstacles in the central part of the trail in the bog due to the poor condition of the boardwalk (broken, rotten planks), therefore some caution is advised. You may use the same route on your way back or take the gravel road which goes around the bog.Show more
#5 - Kazdanga Park Nature Trail
Kazdanga, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Kazdanga Park is the biggest park in Latvia (~196ha) and offers wide prospects for stretching the legs. With the new watching platform and wooden boardwalk in place, the two parts of the Park (Valāta Park and Šēfers’ Birch Grove) on both sides of the Kazdanga Mill Lake are now connected, making a total hiking distance of 9km. The route allows interpretation, as there is a number of well-trodden paths in the Park. To help yourself finding the way, see the informative signs and marking on trees (yellow, green and red coloured stripes, marking the different distance routes). There are several resting areas along the way. The route leads through the old manor parks with various foreign tree species and heritage trees, fish ponds, lake, river, coniferous forest. There are lots of hollow trees around. The Valāta Park part is characteristic with it’s hilly terrain and glens. There have been 154 bird species identified on the route. High diversity of nesting birds. During the day time, various bird species can be observed the whole year through. Few stretches of the trail (incl. the wooden boarwalk on the Lake) are adjusted to whellchairs and parents with baby-strollers.Show more
#6 - Zirgu Sala Trail
Liepāja, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 56 m
A nice, out-and-back walking trail, which starts with a wide, good-quality wooden boardwalk with few viewing platforms in the lake. The boardwalk stretches along the coast and is accessible to people in wheelchairs and parents with baby-strollers. There are few outdoor gym devices and resting areas with picnic tables and fireplace sites along the boardwalk. At the end of the boardwalk, the path continues along a narrow dam, with a watching tower opening a nice view to the lake landscape and bird watching.Show more
#7 - Mežtaka-jūrtaka: Mērsrags - Engure
Engures ezers
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 5 h 41 m
The trail is one of the Baltic Coastal Hiking routes. The suggested starting point is the Fairy-tail hill on the border of Mērsrags town which is situated in the forest just along the beach, straight after the windmills. The route continues in the direction of Bērzciems village, where you can observe seagrass meadows with lagoons rich in reeds, rushes and other maritime plants, gray dunes with a wide variety of plant species, pebbles and stony beaches. Bērzciems surroundings is particularly distinctive with wide seagrass meadows and sandbanks stretching far in the sea, especially popular among birds. The overgrown sea cost stretches up to Abragciems village, but further on continues with a sandy beach with pebbles up to Engure town. The route is suitable for active hikers, the total time required is about 5 hours. The route is marked (except for the beach line) – follow the Baltic Coastal Hiking marking (white-blue-white flag or arrow or "Jūrtaka" stickers in urban area of Bērzciems village). It's impossible to get lost – in case of doubts just follow the route along the coast in the direction of Engure. The marking is mainly to be used when there is a need to get off the coast to pass some obstacle - overgrown seagrass meadows etc. There are several resting areas along the route, guest houses, campings, cafes. In the urban area of the villages – also food shops. As this is a one-way route, it is suggested to plan your way back or your way to further destination (there's a parking lot at the Engure port). Public bus is available too. More info on Baltic Coastal Hiking: www.coastalhiking.euShow more
#8 - Kalētu Forest Park “Priediens”
Kalēti Forest Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Kalēti Forest Park has once been a manor hunting area where wild animals had been kept. It is the place where the red deer, imported from Germany in 1848, has spread from over the territory of Latvia. Nowadays Kalēti Forest Park has developed to be a perfect place to explore nature – for school children during excursions, to walk with family etc. There are 3 thematic nature trails – a mushroom trail, a plant trail and an animal trail, a number of interesting nature objects, as well as a small adventure park for children. Here you can stretch the legs on an obstacle track, walk around the thematic trails, study the various wooden figures along the trails and exlpore the diversity of plants and animals that can be met in the park. Some stretches are accessible to people with disabilities (with an assistant), incl. the blind, as the wooden figures are good for exploring the plants and animals with fingers.Show more
#9 - Lāčupīte Nature Trail
Smārde, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 14 m
#10 - Cužu Mire Trail
Kandava, Courland, Latvia
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
The trail is accessible the whole year, yet suggested in summer – the shrubby Cinquefoil (Pentaphylloides fruticosa) blooming time, as the nature reserve Čužu mire is the only place in Latvia, where the shrubby Cinquefoil grows in wild in such a large area. There is also a number of other rare plants to be seen - birdseye primrose Primula Farinosa, fragrant orchid Gimnadenia Conopsea, March hellerborine Epipactis Palustris, blue Moor-grass Sesleria caerulea, devil’s-bit Scabious Succisa pratensis Moench, carline Thistle Carlina vulgaris etc. Also the stoneworts (Characeae), which are among the largest and most complex of the green algae, can be spotted at the mire. The mire is inhabited by a number of especially protected butterfly species. The mire is a rare and specially protected biotope - calcareous fen – a limestone layer lays down under the peat in the mire and several sulphurous springs outflow onto the surphase. The trail is a loop-type with a total distance of 4,4km. The hiking time takes around 2h. Part of the trail (heading to the Devil’s eye spring) is marked with red dots on the trees, part is covered with wooden planks. In autumn and spring the trail can be really wet and some parts can be flooded, therefore it is suggested to bring rubber boots along.Show more
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