Ramhultafallet was a wide and multi-tiered waterfall that spilled a cumulative 64m over perhaps three main drops before dumping right into the Lake Lygnern.
That lakeside location alone compelled us to make sure we visited this waterfall, which sat fairly close to Sweden’s second largest city in Gothenburg (or Göteborg).
Speaking of the lakeside location, apparently the lake was conducive for activities like fishing, boating, or even enjoying beaches at some parts of the shore.
Unfortunately on the day we visited in mid June of 2019, as you can see in the pictures on this page, the weather wasn’t conducive to such activities.
History at Ramhultafallet
Although the waterflow could vary greatly throughout the year (something clearly evident when you compare our photos here with the internet pictures showing higher flow), apparently, this waterfall powered mills since the 17th century.
According to the signage here, many farmers came from all around the Lake Lygnern to grind their seeds into flour using the power of the water at the falls.
One particular miller even arduously rowed across the lake from Tostared to get to Ramhultafallet to harness its power when it was flowing.
During our visit, we did notice there was a private home along the short trail to Ramhultafallet, but we weren’t sure if they were affiliated in any way with the milling history around here.
The signage here also claimed that the Ramnån (formerly called “Rafna”) Watercourse also happened to define the border between Denmark and Sweden back in the 13th century.
Once we arrived at the trailhead at the end of the unpaved road (see directions below), we had a choice of taking 300m upper path or a 250m lower path.
We wound up taking the lower path so we can’t say anything more about the upper path other than it ultimately led to the upper drops of Ramhultafallet.
Anyways, the flat walk followed along what appeared to be a private road.
Perhaps at roughly 175m from the trailhead, we saw a private home, and perhaps that private road really served as its driveway.
Shortly beyond the home, we then reached a fire pit, some other milling relics, and a sign explaining (in Swedish) life at Ramhultafallet.
The trail eventually led us to the middle drop of the falls though I did manage to scramble up to the base of the uppermost drop, where it appeared the upper trail would have ended up.
We also noticed a somewhat slippery trail leading down steps to the base of the lowermost of the vertical drops of Ramhultafallet.
And with a little more descending, we ultimately found a dock right at the shores of Lake Lygnern where we saw the outlet of the waterfall spilling right into it.
Overall, we wound up spending around 45 minutes to fully experience this place, but I could imagine a visit taking as little as a half-hour.
Of course, under better weather than what we experienced, I could also envision lingering here longer to simply bask in this place’s serenity.
Ramhultafallet was closest to the town of Sätila to the east and Fjärås to the west. The waterfall itself belonged to the Marks Municipality, and was part of the Ramhultafallet Nature Reserve. The municipality belonged to the county of Jönköping. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may want to try this Nature Reserve website.
Since we were based in Gothenburg (Göteborg), we’ll describe the driving directions to Ramhultafallet as if we started from there.
That said, we could have gone from Gothenburg to Ramhultafallet in a couple of different ways – the southern approach and the eastern approach. Both ways would take about the same amount of time.
The Southern Approach from Gothenburg to Ramhultafallet
We start with the southern approach.
First, after leaving Gothenburg, we took the E6/E20 south until we got off at exit 58 towards Fjärås (roughly 32km south of the E6/E20 / Route 40 junction just south of Gothenburg).
Once we got off the E6, we then continued taking the local streets in the direction of Fjärås until we reached a roundabout with one of the exits pointing to Sätila (roughly 3.5km after we had left the highway).
Avoiding the Fjärås sentrum, we then turned right at this roundabout, and then we continued following the signs towards Sätila.
At a little over 13km after leaving the town of Fjärås for Sätila, we then reached a signed turnoff on our right for Ramhultafallet.
After taking this turnoff, we then drove the remaining 3km to its end, where we parked the car at the trailhead at the end of the last 500m of unpaved road.
Overall, this drive took us just under an hour.
The Eastern Approach from Gothenburg to Ramhultafallet
Conversely, had we taken the eastern approach, we first would have gotten onto the E6/E20 freeway going south, then we would have immediately taken the Route 40.
After about 22km going east on the Route 40, we then would have turned right at exit 78 to go onto the Route 156.
After about 13km of going southeast on the Route 156, we would then follow the sign to Sätila and turn right. This road would lead right into the town of Sätila.
Once in Sätila, we would encounter a signed junction where we’d then turn right to go onto the road leading west to Fjärås.
We’d then follow the Fjäråsvägen for about 6km to the signed turnoff on the left for Ramhultafallet.
At that point, we’d drive the remaining 3km to reach the trailhead.
Finally, for geographic context, Sätila was about 20km (about 20 minutes drive) east of Fjärås, 44km (a little over 30 minutes drive) southeast of Gothenburg, 332km (about 3.5 hours drive) south of Oslo, Norway, and 449km (over 4.5 hours drive) southwest of Stockholm.
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