The first half of this section leads through magnificent coniferous forests, especially in the Järvevälja landscape reserve, where the trail is surrounded by beautiful dunes in the north and a raised bog in the south. It is well worth visiting the kiosk at Rannapungerja to buy smoked fished – the Lake Peipus vendace (rääbis) and some local farm produce. The Forest Trail crosses the Rannapungerja River via the motorway bridge and comes to the shores of Lake Peipus at Kauksi. There is a picnic area to cosy up and eat the fish you’ve brought along. Here, the shores of Lake Peipus resemble a magnificent beach surrounded by beautiful pine-covered dunes.
Length: 18 km
Duration: 6-8 h
Starting point: Lohusuu centre
End point: Kuru beach near the Kuru shop and café
The course of the route: Lohusuu‒Rannapungerja‒Kauksi‒Kuru
Road surface: Paved roads, forest roads and trails, pavement for 3 km, sandy beach by Lake Peipus
Danger points: The 3 km section between Rannapungerja and Kauksi runs along the edge of Tartu‒Jõhvi motorway (No. 3). The edge is wide, and it is mown in the summer, so it’s convenient for walking. Be careful when you are crossing the motorway!
Keep in mind! There are only some shops and cafés (mostly seasonal) on the northern shore of Lake Peipus, so be sure to plan ahead and bring enough food with you, especially if you plan to go further to Kuremäe, where no services will be available for the next two days.
Alternative options: The 3 km long section between Rannapungerja and Kauksi can be taken by bus, check bus schedules in advance: www.peatus.ee. A small paved road along the northern coast of Lake Peipus leads to Vasknarva, which can be used in the event of a storm or bad weather in Lake Peipus.