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Ligatne is one of the most beautiful picturesque places on the Gauja River[?]. The village of Ligatne was formed around the paper mill of Ligatne on the Ligatne River[?] in the 19th century.

Ligatne Nature Trails

Ligatne Nature Trails were established in 1975 in order to acquaint visitors with nature, mammal and plant species characteristic for Latvia, nature diversity and protection. It is located in the territory of Gauja National Park[?], on the left bank of the Gauja River down the paper mill. On the banks of the Gauja River and in the middle of wooden glens trails of more than 5 km are arranged where it is possible to observe wild animals and birds characteristic for the fauna of Latvia.

The animals have been brought from various places of Latvia. They were either injured or tamed cubs that could not survive without care of a man and find food without assistance. By choosing the Nature Trails visitors, families with children, pupils can watch bear, lynx, elk, European bison, roe[?] and red deer[?].

Following the Nature Trails visitors can get to know different plants and trees, while walking along Fairy-tale trail they can see different wooden sculptures. View Tower suggests the possibility to admire the diversity of colourful landscape. You can have horse riding possibilities as well as relaxation at a camp fireplace on the Gauja River.

By choosing the Trail along the Gauja River, Wild nature trail or the route for visitors with cars, it is possible to get to know landscapes characteristic for the Gauja River valley, geological formations, forests and plants of meadows. In Ligatne Nature Trails it is possible to visit Jumpraviezis rock, Katriniezis rock, Gudu cliffs and one of few sandstone canyons - Paparzu (Fern) glen.

Not far away from Ligatne Nature Trails, there are several other nature and culture - historical monuments:

  • Cross-Gauja ferry by Ligatne. The only ferry across the Gauja River. Closed in winter.
  • The village of the Ligatne paper mill with a peculiar wooden architecture from the 19th century.
  • A monument of science and technics - the paper mill of Ligatne. Functioning since 1816.
  • The Zvartes rock, trail "In the kingdom of the Forest Mother", Meadow of Witches on the bank of the Amata River, 16 km from Ligatne Nature Trails.
  • Kempji village church and Kempji water mill.
  • Trails in Skalupe.

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Further information and applications for excursions:

Ligatne Nature Trails Visitors centre
Phone: +371 4153313

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