The Hjo River and its valley has played a vital part in the historical development of the town. Since the Middle Ages, the rapids and the waterfalls have been used to run mills along the river and later on, early industry settled here. Since 2001 the valley has become a nature reserve and a recreational area offering easy walking trails.
It is a stretch of land, approximately 2.5 km, holding a vast bird life and a wide selection of wild tree species. However, the Salmon Trout is what has made the area most famous. In September, the salmon trout starts its journey up the river. During this time of the year, you can join a guided tour to experience the event. Tours run from the middle of September until the middle of October. To make a booking, please contact the local Tourist Office.
The rest of the year, one can enjoy a walk along the river accompanied by a friend and a picnic basket. You can also visit one of the mills, Stampens Kvarn, which nowadays serves as a restaurant and café. Make sure you order their delicious waffles with cream and jam....
If you would like more in depth information about the valley, its flora and fauna, there is a guide book you can buy at the Tourist Office.