Covering over 200 hectares, Garvagh Forest is on the outskirts of Garvagh. There are trees planted over 80 years ago and others only planted at the turn of the 21st century.
Garvagh Forest has a network of seven miles of paths and roads winding through conifer and broadleaved trees. The associated vegetation such as the spectacular bluebells in mid spring, the foxgloves in early summer, or the common spotted orchids are worth seeing.
Look for a plant called herb robert, or stinky bob as it is also known. This common plant has pink flowers and is visible from April until the beginning of September. The alternative name becomes apparent when you sniff the flower in summer!
To arrange a special event or activity in this forest, you should contact the recreation manager, Forest Service NI at Garvagh Forest Office. Such activities may include sporting events or educational visits.
Occasionally there may be restricted access to parts of the forest for work or other forest operations. Please adhere to safety signage which will be posted for your safety.
About this forest
The forest is home not only to plants, but also many birds and animals, including red squirrels, hares, finches and coal tits. The wildlife pond near the Forest Office is becoming a haven for many aquatic species; especially frogs.
An unusual feature in Garvagh Forest is the Garvagh Pyramid, created as a burial chamber for Lord Garvagh in the 19th Century. The pyramid was never used to fulfil the task it was designed for and was sealed shut a number of years ago.
How to get there
Follow the signs for Garvagh. The forest car park is on the western side of the main A29 road, between Garvagh High School and the Ballnameen Bridge over the Agivey River.