Ballyboley Forest

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.

Tree disease

There is currently an outbreak of Japanese Larch disease (P. ramorum) at this forest. Visitors are asked to observe signage with information on biosecurity measures required to help prevent the spread of this disease. For more information, go to:


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, such as sporting events or educational visits, you should contact the recreation manager at Garvagh Forest Office.

Occasionally, there may be restricted access to parts of the forest due to forest works. Please adhere to safety information on forest signage.

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 about three miles. Turn left onto Upper Ballyboley Road and the forest entrance is signposted.

From Ballymena, take the A36 signposted for Larne (about 14 miles). Turn right onto the Upper Ballyboley Road. The forest entrance is signposted.

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