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.
New cycling and walking trails have been developed at Garvagh Forest. These are managed and maintained by the Causeway Coast and Glens Council as well as the forest car park and associated recreational facilities. More information about the new cycling and walking trails is on the council's website:
There may be restrictions on access to parts of the forest from time to time due to forest operations so pay attention to safety signage.
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 is 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.