The Forest Museum of Parkano
The Forest Museum is one of the cultural and natural sites of the Lauhanvuori-Hämeenkangas Geopark. Geopark is a status that UNESCO has granted to certain geographical areas. In the area of the Forest Museum, there is an exhibition hall, logger’s cabin, sauna, horse stable and forestry machines. In addition, in the vicinity of the museum you will also find a nature trail, the Messukallio rock, a beach, laavus (traditional bivouac shelters) as well as campfire sites.
The Forest Museum exhibits the history of forest work from the rise of the sawmill industry in the 1860’s to the mechanization of the 1960’s. You can also visit the area outside the opening hours to go hiking and enjoy the nature.
In the Forest Museum area, there is a two-kilometre nature trail that goes around the magnificent Messukallio rock. The landscapes of Kaidatvedet can be explored along the Käpykintukka hiking trail that goes from the Forest Museum to Käenkoskikeskus, the length of the trail is approx. 7 km. The Kaidatvedet tour is a Geo Mountain Bike Trail that will be completed by summer 2020. The length of the tour is about 25 km.
In addition, the Forest Museum is one of the stops of the Vesipääskylautta ferry. The Forest Museum is an excellent destination for adventure sports, excursions and organising various events.
The Forest Museum has been made accessible, so it is also a suitable travel destination for special groups.