Gortin Glen Forest Park
Gortin Glen Forest Park is six miles north of Omagh at the western gateway to the Sperrin mountains.
There is currently an outbreak of the Japanese larch tree disease (P. ramorum) in the Lislap East area of Gortin Glen Forest. Timber harvesting continues until winter 2013.
During this work, there are restrictions on public access to the forest park and the mountain biking trail. For information about closures, check entrances at the mountain biking trail.
Visitors should follow all health and safety advice on signage and observe biosecurity measures to help prevent spreading tree disease.
The Ulster Way passes through part of the forest. Mountain biking is permitted in a specified part of the forest. There is also a youth camp site.
A major recreational feature of the forest is the five mile long drive which offers some breathtaking views. A number of vista parks have been created where the motorist can pull in to enjoy the magnificent scenery.
During extreme weather in winter months, it may be necessary to close the scenic drive.
There are waymarked trails, an enclosed deer herd and horse riding facilities.
To arrange a special event or activity in this forest, you should contact the recreation manager, Forest Service NI at Inishkeen House.
Such activities may include sporting events or educational visits.
Occasionally there may be restricted access to parts of the forest to facilitate forest operations. Please adhere to safety signage which will be posted for your safety.
The forest is open every day from 10.00 am until sunset.
Gortin Glen Forest Park offers basic camping for youth organisations. This campsite has no toilet or washing facilities on site. All camping is by prior arrangement with the forester in charge.
Bookings for Gortin Glen Forest Park will be taken by contacting the Forest Office, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
- Telephone:44 28 6634 3165.
For camping charges at Gortin Glen, see 'Forest recreation charges'.
About this forest
This forest was originally planted solely for timber production. The forest park opened in 1967, embracing 1,534 hectares of ground. It was the first forest park to be established in a purely coniferous woodland.
How to get there
This forest is situated on main B48 road between Gortin and Omagh.