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Liekokorpi is a 21 hectare nature preserve in the village of Hiukka. It offers easily accessible forest solitude and is perfect for short hikes for those who wish a brief respite away from everday life. The paths were planned and developed by Petri Nevalainen, professional photographer and nature guide, paying special attention to following natural animal trails and pathways.

There are two paths, the shorter one is about 400 m in length and leads to a forest lean-to which is located midway on the longer two km long trail. The lean-to provides a perfect spot for enjoying your lunch, grilling sausage or simply resting. The lean-to is large with enough space for a small group meeting.

Nature at Liekokorppi is diverse. Although one is in the middle of an old-growth forest, there are occasional glimpses of grain fields. Less than a kilometre away we find the Parkansuo bog preserve which was established in the 1970s and together the two protected areas form an almost continuous wilderness strip.

The over 100 year old conifers define the sturdiness of this forest. Here and there pines and birch reach out through the shade of the spruce. The blueberry covered spruce forest floor is given variety by streams banked with leaf trees and rocky outcroppings interspersed with marshland. There are many types of bird and plant life.

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Photos: Petri Nevalainen