Årås Wilderness Trail
The Wilderness Trail is a walking route rich in memorable experiences, with an interesting history. You might spot both elk and deer. The trail leads from Årås mill in the borough of Ulricehamn and is a round walk of 8.6 kilometres through Årås nature reserve. There’s also a shorter 4,1 km loop.
Length: 8.5 km
Timing: 2-3 hours
Terrain: nature trails, fields, boardwalk and gravelled roads
A walk over historic ground
The Årås Wilderness Trail in Ulricehamn passes through several historic livestock and hay meadows, an extensive raised bog and ancient woodland. The trail takes you over Kohesterberget hill, with a lovely view of Lake Jogen and the 3000 year old cairn next to it. Right next to the trail are a couple of fox dens and badger setts. You can swim in Lake Jogen at the Varpaledet swimming area. Along the trail are several boards with interesting information about nature and history in the area.
Photographer: Cykla och vandra i Sjuhärad
Accommodation along the trail
There’s a shelter along the trail with a lovely view of Lake Jogen, and other rest areas dotted around. The Årås Kvarn STF hostel is right on the trail, with a historic building in a lovely setting, and a café and flea market which opens on Sundays during summer.
Fact about the trail
The trail is a round walk of approximately 8.6 kilometres. There’s also a shorter 4,1 kilometre loop.
Allow around two to three hours.
The 8.5 kilometre trail is marked in yellow and the 4 kilometre trail in blue.
Level of difficulty:
This quality assured trail is classed as moderate. Walking is mostly on nature trails and accessibility is generally good. The terrain is relatively easy and you will pass through fields, forests, on boardwalks, and a shorter section on gravelled roads. Boardwalks have been laid through the boggiest parts, but if it has rained the paths can also be wet.
Start and end:
The start point is by Årås mill in Ulricehamn. Because the trail is a round walk you will also end here.
How to get here:
The Wilderness Trail is 30 minutes from Ulricehamn and Jönköping, and around one hour and 30 minutes from Gothenburg. No public transport goes there so it is easiest to arrive by car.