Entrances & trails
The main entrance to Tyresta National Park is at Tyresta village, in the southern section of the park. There are also entrances in the north, west and east that lead into Tyresta’s forest. Here are some tips on the most popular trails and which entrance is most appropriate for each.
Main entrance — Tyresta village
Tyresta village lies in the Municipality of Haninge. Located here is the nature centre naturum, also called National Parks House, where you can buy maps and get information about the park. Also in the village are a café and Tyresta Farm, a model farm with old native breeds, along with a bird tower and adventure trails for children. The main entrance is accessible to wheelchairs and is served by public transport.
The village is the starting point for several trails of different lengths:
- Urskogsstigen trail, 2.5 km. Red markings. Hilly trail with information signs. Perfect for those who want to begin the day’s hiking with an introduction to Tyresta’s ancient forest, or seek a shorter walk.
- Barnvagnsslingan loop, 5 km. An easy stroll without stones or tree roots which circles Bylsjön Lake.Perfect for baby carriages and for quick walks. Okay for wheelchairs, but a steep hill at the start. Fire and resting places at Bylslätt and Bylsjön lake.
- Hällmarksslingan loop, 5 km. Yellow markings. Beautiful trail, where the sun’s rays find their way down through the sparse pine forest. The trail is bordered by old stone mounds and knotty old pines. Fire and resting place at Bylslätt.
- Bylsjöslingan loop, 6 km. Green-white markings. One of the area’s oldest trails. Passes Bylsjön lake, then turns into a dark and mossy spruce forest. Passes Sävkärrs bog and Ungfars marsh, and during some seasons can be quite wet. Rubber boots recommended. Fire and resting place at Bylsjön lake.
- Sörmlandsleden trail, section 3: Tyresta village – Nyfors, 13 km. Orange markings. Passes lakes Bylsjön and Årsjön, where there are pleasant fire and resting places. The trail leads alternately through old spruce forest and pine forest with rocky outcrops. In the northern sections there are broad-leaved trees and younger forest. Natural coldwater springs at the boundary between Tyresta National Park and Nature Reserve. The fire and resting place at Årsjön lake is a fine partial objective. There are public transport connections at both Tyresta village and Nyfors.
- Lake circuit, 14 km. This popular hike starts in Tyresta village and is a combination of several trails. Follow the Barnvagnsslingan loop to Bylsjön lake, then change to Sörmlandsleden trail. Pass Årsjön lake then head east toward Stensjön lake, and from there back toward Tyresta village. The trail winds through the area of a forest fire in 1999.
Find Tyresta village here.
A historic place in Tyresö, in the northern part of the nature reserve. At Nyfors, water flows from Tyresö-Flaten Lake into Albysjön Lake. By the rapids is an industrial heritage site with the remains of various enterprises. Around the lakes are excellent bathing cliffs that are also popular locations for paddling, fishing and ice-skating. The Sörmlandsleden Trail passes nearby, leading south into Tyresta National Park, north toward Alby nature reserve and on toward Björkhagen. At Nyfors there are public transport connections.
- Sörmlandsleden trail, section 3: Nyfors – Tyresta village, 13 km. The first part of this trail passes through somewhat younger forest with broad-leaved trees. After ca. 3 km it passes the boundary to the national park where there is a natural cold-water spring. The trail goes alternately through old spruce forest and rocky pine forest, and passes two splendid lakes, Årsjön and Bylsjön. There are connections to public transport at both Nyfors and Tyresta village.
- Pilgrimsleden trail, 11.5 km. This trail lies partly within Tyresta Nature Reserve, but outside of the national park. It begins and ends near Pilgrimscentrum near Tyresö Church and winds its way past Nyfors, around Albysjön lake. A pilgrims’ trail with seven meditation posts.
Find Nyfors here.
Northern entrance, Tyresö. Perfect for those who want to walk the Storskogsslingan trail, the Kustleden trail, or to visit Långsjön lake in the national park.
Also nearby is the small but beautiful Hammarberget Nature Reserve.
- Storskogsslingan trail, 8 km. Green markings. This trail combines forest paths with easily walked roads, and passes two of the national park’s larger lakes. Wonderful ancient forest and open farm landscape at Gammelmyra. Fire and resting places at lakes Långsjön and Stensjön.
- Kustleden trail, 13 km. Orange markings. Kustleden winds through cultural landscape from Brakmaren to Vissvass village. Fire and resting places at Luraström channel and Lillström’s swamp. The trail then follows the shore of Åvaviken bay which is bordered by oaks and shoreline meadows. In the spring it is a fantastic place for orchids. From Åvaviken out toward the Styvnäset headland there is a fine view of Stockholm’s inner archipelago. The marked trail’s destination is Styvnäset, the site of a boatman’s cabin from the 1700s. Here there is a fire and resting place, an outdoor toilet and fresh water — and perhaps a lovely swim in the Baltic Sea awaits. From here you can continue toward Dalarö via various forest roads. It is about five kilometres to the Sandemar bus stop. At Dalarö there are lodging, food and public transport facilities.
Find Brakmaren here.
Large parking area, including places for chartered buses, at the national park’s eastern boundary. From here, easy access to the tenting area at Stensjödal and Mjölnarbostaden (which large groups can hire), and also to Lanan lake where you can pick up the Fornborgsslingan loop.
- Fornborgsslingan loop, 6 km. Green-white markings. A fairly demanding hike on a path that passes through hilly terrain with several steep slopes, partly across the area of a forest fire in 1999. Be sure to climb up on the remains of the prehistoric fortress from which there is a magnificent view over Stensjön Lake. There are fire and resting places at lakes Lanan and Stensjön. Fresh water and outdoor toilets at Stensjödal tenting area.
Find Stensjödal here.