Ballyboley Forest was first planted in 1957. Although there are no facilities for recreational activities, the public are welcome to visit this forest on foot.
There is an outbreak of Japanese Larch disease (P. ramorum) at this forest. Visitors are asked to follow the signage with information on the biosecurity measures needed to help stop the spread of this disease. For more information, go to:
There are no facilities for recreational activities. The public are welcome to visit this forest on foot.
Occasionally, there may be restricted access to parts of the forest due to forest works. Follow the safety information on forest signage.
About this forest
The dam at Killylane was built 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 brown 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.