Black Alder Swamp Boardwalk

In the course of a short walk the path takes you to a wet broadleaf forest – the Black Alder swamp on the banks of the river Vēršupīte.
The boardwalk is located in a pristine natural alluvial forest around the river Vēršupīte mostly dominated by black alder with some mixture of aspen, oak and ash.
The swamp is basically a result of the floodwaters of the river Vēršupīte. Every spring, in April or May, the river overflows and the forest remains flooded for several weeks.
The boardwalk is made of wooden boards of an average width of 100 cm, minimum width being 85 cm. In some areas (for sightseeing) the boardwalk has been extended to a width of 190 cm.

The time required for the walk is: 30 min.
Amenities: there are information boards along the trail with sightseeing information.  A parking lot  is available; during summer season WCs can be accessed at the ĶNP Information Centre “Meža māja”
The length of the boardwalk: 500 m
Accessibility: the trail is suitable for families with children in push chairs, wheelchairs, advisably with an accompanying person.

Getting there:

By train: Rīga-Ķemeri-Tukums as far as Ķemeri rail station, then take a 2.5 km walk along Tukums Street and Tūristu Street through Ķemeri till “Meža māja”, where the trail starts.

By car: drive along  Ventspils (A10) or Talsi (P128) motorways as far as the turning point to Ķemeri, then drive 2.5 km along the main street to “Meža māja”.

By bus: take bus No 6 from Sloka or minibus No 10 from the Bulduri TC  to Ķemeri, get off at the bus stop of “Meža māja”.

!!! In rainy weather the wooden boardwalks become slippery. In winter the boardwalks may be covered with snow. Hiking along the boardwalk is free, and the boardwalk is open throughout the year.

Black Alder Swamp Boardwalk
Black Alder Swamp Boardwalk
Black Alder Swamp Boardwalk
Black Alder Swamp Boardwalk
Black Alder Swamp Boardwalk
Black Alder Swamp Boardwalk

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