Baltic Forest Trail
The Forest Trail is part of the European long-distance walking route E11 in the Baltic States, passing through the most beautiful forests and national parks in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The route starts on the Polish-Lithuanian border from the town of Lazdijai, continues in Latvia via Riga and reaches Tallinn in Estonia.
Name in Latvia: Mežtaka
Title in Lithuania: Forest Trail
Name in Estonia: Metsa matkarada
Length: ~ 2140 km, 102-114 days
In Lithuania - 747 km, 36-38 days
In Latvia - 674 km, 31-38 days
In Estonia - 720 km, 35-38 days
The route is divided into ~ 20 km long sections, indicating the accommodation and transport providers.
Road surface: forest roads and trails, gravel roads, paved road edges, sandy or rocky beaches.
Highlands and valleys: Nemunas Valley and Samogitian Highlands in Lithuania, West Curonian Spit, Abava and Gauja River Valleys, Veclaicene Protected Landscape Area in Latvia, ancient Piusa River Valley and the northern coast of Estonia.
Places to visit
In Lithuania: Dzūkija and Samogitia National Parks, Nemunas Loops Regional Park, Kaunas.
In Latvia: Kuldiga, Abava River Valley Nature Park, Kemeri National Park, Gauja National Park.
In Estonia: Lahemaa National Park, Alutaguse National Park, Suur Munamägi (the highest egg hill) is the highest peak in the Baltic States (318 m above sea level), Lake Peipus is the fourth largest lake in Europe.
In Birštonas and its surroundings, the Forest Trail winds for more than 20 km, following the bends of the Nemunas Loops and all this - in a specially protected nature territory, for the purposes of protection of natural and cultural values - in the Nemunas Loops Regional Park.
This route winds through small villages and open landscapes where you can see small wooden buildings painted in different colors typical of these areas.
Only between the villages of Siponiai and Puzonis is a larger forest massif, where the "Forest Trail" meanders through narrow forest roads.
After safely crossing the main road (A 16) Vilnius – Marijampolė, the Forest Trail continues in another loop of the Nemunas (the narrowest point - 1.2 km), where the Birštonas resort is located.
More about the route https://baltictrails.eu/lt/forest