Nature and the outdoors
Ylöjärvi offers a host of opportunities for outdoor recreation and sports. The number one destination is Seitseminen National Park. If you want to stay closer to the town centre, head for the Ylöjärvenharju Esker. The best-known destination on the esker is Pikku-Ahvenisto and its nature trail. You can set off on your own or with a local wilderness guide. For a slightly different outdoor experience, visit the Tree Mountain in Pinsiö.
Ylöjärvi has 13 beaches that are maintained by the town. Most of them have changing rooms and toilets.
More information (in Finnish):
Indoor swimming pool
If wild swimming doesn’t appeal to you – be it summer or winter – you can always dive in the warm waters of the indoor swimming pool. Renovated completely in 2014, the facility offers two 25-metre lanes, a cold plunge pool, children’s teaching and paddling pool, and a slide.
Address: Koulutie 6, 33470 Ylöjärvi
Phone: +358 (0)40 133 1482
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Nature trails in Seitseminen
On the national park’s four nature trails, you can learn more about the characteristic features of the area.
- Runokangas (2 km) starts from the Nature Centre. Along the trail, you will find seven poems (in Finnish) engraved in Kuru granite.
- Jäätikköpolku (1.5 km) runs along the Seitsemisharju Esker.
- Aarnipolku (2 km) introduces you to the wonders of an old-growth forest.
- Saari-Soljanen (2 km) tells you about Finnish mires.
Address: Seitsemisentie 110, 34530 Länsi-Aure
Read more: Seitseminen National Park
Nature trail in Pikku-Ahvenisto
The nature trail of Pikku-Ahvenisto is located by Lake Pikku-Ahvenisto in the esker area of Ylöjärvi. The trail is 1.5 km long and goes round the lake. The campfire site/lean-to shelter along the trail can be freely used. Please note that vipers have been sighted in the area. The viper is Finland’s only venomous snake.
Address: Pikku-Ahvenistontie 64
Jylhänkoski is a small, refreshing waterfall sight, located in the area of Kuru village in Ylöjärvi municipality. The waterfall flows in the middle of a dense forest inside a small “gorge”, where the Kettuoja River falls down a rocky cliff. The name of this three metre high cascade is derived from the nearby Jylhä estate. This spot might be hard to find, so make sure to check the location beforehand from the link below!
How to get there: Löyttyjärventie 814, Kuru (Ylöjärvi). Walking about 350 meters, partly very unclear pathway.
Read more: www.suomenvesiputoukset.fi
WALKING, RUNNING AND HIKING ROUTES
Haavisto fitness trail
The Haavisto fitness trail is located close to the town centre in the residential area of Haavisto. Paha-Kauranen, a protected mire area, can also be found there. The 4-km-long, illuminated trail runs right next to the Natura site.
How to get there: From the centre of Ylöjärvi, drive 1 km along Road 65 towards Kuru, turn left to Lähdevainiontie, drive about 500 m and turn right to a car park after a playing field.
Hiking in Seitseminen and along the Pirkan Taival Trail
There are wonderful, marked nature trails in Seitseminen National Park, with information boards, resting spots and sights along the trails. The most demanding nature lovers will find great trails in the wilderness of Haukkamaa. Read more about the trails in Seitseminen.
The most important outdoor recreation area in Ylöjärvi is Ylöjärvenharju, an esker in the southern part of the town running in an east-west direction. The area has a ski trail in winter and a hiking trail in summer. There is a total of 20 km of illuminated fitness routes, as well as unlit routes.