Store Mosse National Park
|Store Mosse National Park|
The Store Mosse National Park is located in the Swedish region of Småland in the administrative province of Jönköping County . It can be reached via the road from Värnamo to the northwest towards Hillerstorp .
The park was established in 1982 and comprises the largest moorland area in southern Sweden with several raised bogs and lakes, surrounded by fens and smaller forests. Before that, the Hädinge torvfabrik had been mining peat until the 1960s . The peat layers were formed over the last 6000 years and are up to 7 m thick. Pine forests and extensive heath areas grow on the moor, as well as rare orchid species. The wetlands around Lake Kävsjön are breeding areas for around 100 bird species in summer, including swans, herons, ducks, geese and cranes. In the southeastern part of the lake of about two kilometers long and one kilometer wide is quaking Stora Gungflyet .
There are rest huts and bird watching towers on several islands in the moor. Lilla Lövö is an island in the southwestern part of the moor .
In the Naturum visitor center , which was set up in 2004 , an exhibition on the formation of the moors, the flora and fauna and human settlement of the moors is shown.
Three youth hostels (Vandrarhem) within the nature reserve are located in Kittlakull, at the Vanö burial ground and on Lilla Lövö. The Kittlakull house used to serve as a residence for the administrator of the peat industry, and ruins of the old peat extraction sites can still be found there immediately behind the railway line that runs through the moor.
Hiking trails in Store Mosse
The national park is accessible through approx. 40 km of hiking trails. A total of eight signposted paths run through the charming landscape and combine the special features of the park.
The Kävsjön runt circles Lake Kävsjön over a total of 14 kilometers. It runs in the northern part of the park, as does the 4 km long Östra Rockne runt and the 3.5 km Svartgölsleden.
In the larger, more southerly part, the Andersberg-Lövö-Kittlakull Weg runs a total of 13 kilometers one way. The 6.2 km long Lilla Lövö runt leads to the island of Lilla Lövö . Likewise, the Lövö runt, the Blådöpet runt and the Andersberg-Kvarnaberget-Lövö trail with a length of 3.6, 5.2 and 7.5 kilometers.