The Wilderness Trail
The Wilderness Trail that starts from historic Årås Manor House, is a round walk of 8.5 km in total. There is also a shorter loop which is 4 km. Its fascinating history and rich fauna make the walk full of memorable experiences. There’s a chance you might spot elk and deer, and foxes and badgers are also found in this area. Don’t miss the fantastic view from Kohesterberget of Lake Jogen, where there’s also a swimming area.
Start and end point
The car park at Årås Mill in Ulricehamn Municipality.
What to see
The trail passes through old hay-making and grazing meadows, over an extensive raised bog and through ancient forests. You will cross Kohesterberget and pass close to a 3,000 year-old barrow. The animal life here is rich and elk and deer are common visitors. There are also a couple of fox dens and badger sets right next to the trail. You can take a diversion to a wolf pit before you reach Lake Jogen. At the lake there's a nice swimming area close to the trail. Several signs along the trail provide interesting information about the area’s nature and culture.
Right next to the trail is Årås Mill and STF Hostel, where you can stay in a lovely setting with a fascinating history. During the summer the Årås Mill Heritage Association run a mill café on Sundays, when the local community group have a flea market in the neighbouring building. On the west side of the Kohesterberget, there is a camping lean-to/rest hut with a view over Lake Jogen. If you want to sleep outdoors, this you can do according to the 'Right of Public Access' rules.
Map and facts
Map: of the trail can be printed here. Map is also available at the tourist offices in Sjuhärad.
Lenght: 8,5 km (there is also a shorter loop wich is 4 km).
Marking: yellow markings (the shorter loop has blue markings).
Classification: moderate. This trail is quality-assured. Boardwalks have been erected over the wettest parts, although the trail can become wet in some areas when it rains. If you want to keep your feet dry, we recommend wellies or walking boots.
Public transport: it's not possible to reach the area by public transport.
Responsible for the trail: Kölingareds Byalag.