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Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is one of the nine Antrim Glens. Glenariff Forest Park covers over 1000 hectares, with planted woodland, lakes, outdoor recreation spaces and conservation areas.

Car park and drive closure

A new caravan site is being built in the main Forest Park and construction work is planned to continue until mid August 2015. During this time, public visitors arriving by vehicle or on foot may encounter restrictions on access along the main avenue into the Forest Park and car park.

For further information email Forest Service or telephone the Garvagh Forest Office. Contact details can be found on the following nidirect page.

Waterfall Trail

The Waterfall Trail is open for visitors on foot; however, public access through the Forest Park by the main entrance will be restricted at times because of construction work.

Tree disease

There is currently an outbreak of the Japanese larch tree disease (P. ramorum) in Glenariff. Timber harvesting will be ongoing. During this work, there are some restrictions on public access to the forest park and forest paths, including closure of part of the Scenic Trail.

Visitors should observe health and safety signs and other signage providing information on biosecurity measures required to help prevent the spread of this disease.

For more information on preventing the spread of tree disease, go to:

Activities

Glenariff Forest Park caters for many outdoor activities including walking, caravanning and camping, and horse riding. Special events can be arranged by permit. Guided walks are also available on application.

Caravan and camp site.

The existing site will be open to accommodate caravans and tents from Friday 3 April 2015 to Sunday 27th September 2015.

Caravan and camp site gate locked overnight

To help prevent unauthorised vehicle access, the main gate at Glenariff caravan and camp site will be locked each evening from 9.00 pm until the following morning.

All customers are asked to ensure the gate is securely locked behind them if entering or leaving the site during the night.

Keys will be made available from the Duty Forest Ranger between 9.00 pm and 9.15 pm each night for customers who are staying on site.

Please return your key to the deposit box provided on site before final departure.

Caravanning and camping charges

For details of the current charges for caravanning and camping at Glenariff please see our Forest recreation charges.

Bookings

Sites cannot be pre-booked, but intending customers can check how many spaces are free at the last inspection by telephoning Garvagh Forest office: +44 28 2955 6000.

The office is open from 9:00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and is closed on public holidays.

Trails at Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff Forest is home to many animals of conservation concern, most notably red squirrel, hen harrier and Irish hare. There are several walking trails through the forest which give spectacular views and glimpses of wildlife.

  • Viewpoint Trail (just over half a mile)
  • Waterfall Walks Trail (almost 2 miles)
  • Scenic Trail (five and a half miles)
  • Rainbow Trail (500 yards)
  • Glenariff National Nature Reserve

Find out more about Gelnariff Forest Park by downloading the following leaflets.

How to get there

You can enter the forest from the A43 Glenariff Road.

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