The scenery in Ruokolahti is characterised by abundant waterways. In addition
to the great Lake Saimaa dominating the south-western part of Ruokolahti, the
municipality is home to 500 clear-watered smaller lakes.
The Ruokolahti canoeing route and the Ruokolahti hiking route offer an
opportunity to see and experience the beauty of the natural lake environment.
Both routes have a length of about 100 Idlometres, but there are shorter
alternative routes as well. There are several places for breaks and camping
along the routes. Maps are available at the Tourist information in the municipal
office and in the office of the Sports Centre.
Ruokolahti boasts many attractions favoured by hikers, inclucling the Huuha
beach and Haukkavuori hill - the highest spot in South Karelia — situated on
the border between Ruokolahti and Rautjärvi. Haukkavuori is a magnificent
viewing point, a historic landmark and a protected Natura area.
Ruokolahti is also an excellent place for fishing, orienteering, bicycling,
cross-country skiing, paragliding and many other pastimes. Around ten local
businesses arrange various types of cultural events, trips and adventure.