Tikiste Valley is situated at the western edge of Tõrva town (Viljandi,
Pargi, and Piima Streets lead there). The steep primitive valley (the
width of the valley flat is 150-250 metres) begins at Helme parsonage
and falls into the valley of the Õhne River. The road leading through
a park-like forest crosses moraine hills and Tikiste stream in the bottom
of the valley, passes Devonian sandstone denudation and numerous crystal
clear springs. The trout lives in the clear and cool water of Tikiste
stream and the kingfisher nestles on the river banks. The spring has been
dammed up into a small lake before flowing into the Õhne River.
The bottom and brinks of the valley are covered with high fir-forests
and planes; there are thickets of bird-cherry, hazel and gray alder in
the southern part of the valley. Cuckoo can be heard here already at the
end of April; nightingales jug even during the midday in May; at sunset
nesting bank-martins twitter in the northern brink.