Scattered among the woods and hills of Aukštaitija National Park are some 100 lakes, often interconnected by rivers and streams. The woods, marshes and meadows of the park are filled with rare plant species. And of course many birds. More than 200 different bird species have been spotted in the park. In this trail itself, you might encounter a Great Tit in the forest or a Common Goldeneye on the lakeshore. With luck, you might be able to spot one of the two species of woodpecker: Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker and Black Woodpecker. The 3,5 km hike near the village of Palūšė combines many different habitats. You will pass forest, meadows, lakes and ponds, allowing for a short yet diverse walk.
The 3,5 km botanical trail is located in Palūšė, next to the beach by the lake Lužiai. The beach is located north of this small village alongside the main road. Once you get there, you will find a small bridge to cross north of the beach. The trail starts a few meters from there still to the north (look for indication panels in Lithuanian). Once on the trail, it's rather easy to follow.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Lake, Grassland, Reedbeds, Mud flats
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn, Summer
Best time to visitSpring, Spring migration, Autumn
RouteWide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
The visitor center of the park is actually in the closest village, Palūšė. If you want more information about this trail or other good birding spots in the region, they might be able to help you.