Garvagh Forest

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.

Activities

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 herb called 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 is clear when you sniff the flower in summer!

To arrange a special event or activity in this forest, such as sporting events or educational visits, contact the recreation manager at Enniskillen Forest Office.

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.

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