Ballyboley Forest was first planted in 1957. It provides a good example of multiple land-use with its large catchment area supplying water to the surrounding communities, and the forest growing raw material for the saw mills.
There is currently an outbreak of Japanese Larch disease (P. ramorum) at this forest. Visitors are asked to observe any signage providing information on bio-security measures required to help prevent the spread of this disease. Further information on preventing the spread of tree disease can be found on the 'Preventing the spread of tree disease' page.
There are no facilities for recreational activities provided. The public are welcome to visit this forest on foot.
To arrange a special event or activity in this forest, you should apply in the first instance to the Recreation Manager, Forest Service NI at Garvagh Forest Office.
Such activities may include sporting events or educational visits.
There may be restrictions on access to parts of our forests from time to time to facilitate forest operations. Please adhere to safety signage which will be posted for your safety.
About this forest
The dam at Killylane was constructed in 1955 and can supply Larne, Ballymena, Ballyclare and parts of Antrim with up to three million gallons of water a day. It is stocked annually with rainbow trout and attracts many anglers to the area.
How to get there
From Larne, take the A8 for two and a half miles then turn right onto the A38, Shanes Hill Road and travel for approximately three miles. Turn left onto Upper Ballyboley Road and the forest entrance is signposted.
From Ballymena, take the A36 signposted for Larne (approximately 14 miles). Turn right onto the Upper Ballyboley Road. The forest entrance is signposted.