As Lithuania is nearly 40% forested, hiking off the beaten path is very possible, even close to Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. National parks, regional parks, and botanical gardens provide excellent paths and trails for hiking across the country. This article highlights eight trails to be found around the country, from Vilnius’ city center to much more rural areas of the country.
Trail along the Neris River
The Neris River flows through the center of Vilnius, and the city has recently renovated the beautiful walking path, creating a wonderful place to sightsee while getting in some exercise. Because the paths are paved, this trail is a rather easy walk and is even accessible for those with strollers. Street art and sculptures are also to be found along this path, particularly near the bridges, making it also a culturally interesting walk.
Duksta River Cognitive Walkway
This 5 km hiking trail takes visitors along a pristine river, through 300 year old oak groves, and past old forts. The Duksta River Cognitive Walkway consists of a clearly marked series of loop trails and up a hill that provides stunning views of the river valley. This hiking trails is appropriate for children or adults and a downloadable park map can be found online.
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