Horgeboda Nature and Culture Trail

Experience nature in Horgeboda and hike along our nature and cultural path. The path goes through an area near Lake Åsnen. The surroundings offer a magnificent nature, large terraced terrain, mosaic deciduous forest with elements of very old, coarse trees. During your hike you may think that the word horg means just the natural collection of stone blocks. The area carries traces of cultivated areas and meadow and pastures. There are also a host of exciting mythical spells of culture. On information signs along the way you can read about plants and animals as well as different cultural-historical monuments that characterize the landscape image.

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You will also meet the trails of the old guest house, including the remains of a potato, root and apple-earth potatoes. At this time, the guesthouses had a monopoly on the production of spirits and when Horgeboda Guest House had its own burning, this meant a large amount of potatoes. Even surrounding villages with fields meadows and hills that will make your hiking exciting. The villages were an important part of the larger farm work organization. Where you can find the villages today you will find Remnants of residence.

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In the area there are trails of old hammered winds. In the past, the branches and leaves were used as feed for the animals, but today the trees are hammered for cultural and biological reasons. There are also a number of old, coarse oaks with wide crowns that carry traces of growing up in a much more open landscape. The oaks have now been rewashed to favor the lichens, mosses, mushrooms, algae, mosses, insects, birds and squirrels that depend on old coarse trees.

The path goes through fields where man began to settle down already during the Stone Age. During the Iron Age, the activities increased in descending order. One cultivated larger areas and laid stones in the smoke. Many such voices will be seen during your walk. Iron ore was taken from Lake Åsnen, which was transported to Småland's oldest and largest iron house Huseby. Of the iron ore, new more efficient tools were made, but also guns and bullets. The coal and ore mining peat farmers became the first link in a chain of commerce that started with mils and ornamental lakes, which ended on the European continent through the iron bridge and the port of shipment. On the path You are currently transported the ore from the cargo dock down to the lake and on to Huseby Bruk.

In older times tar played a major role as lubricant and impregnating agent. Stumps and roots of old pines constituted the main raw material of tar burn that generally took place in the spring - between the sowing and the hay harvest. In a backslope a valley was dug about 15 m long and 2 m wide and 1 m deep. It ended with the so-called The Kar (container) where the tar gathered.


In some places we have removed some extra trees to get a better overview and view of the countryside and the lake. Sometimes there is also a bench where you can settle down. We hope you will enjoy a relaxing walk and get a moody experience in the nature.