Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is one of the nine Antrim Glens. Glenariff Forest Park covers over 1,000 hectares with planted woodland, lakes, outdoor recreation spaces and conservation areas.

Visitor safety and biosecurity

Visitors should pay attention to health and safety signs which may be in place during forestry operations. Other signage has been provided about biosecurity measures which are needed to help prevent the spread of tree or plant disease.

For more information on preventing the spread of tree disease, visit the following page:

Activities

Glenariff Forest Park caters for many outdoor activities including walking, caravanning and horse riding. It has picnic and barbeque areas as well as a tea house. Special events can be arranged by permit. Guided walks for school groups may be booked, subject to availability of forest guides. 

Caravan site

Glenariff Forest Park caravan site is open from Friday 16 March 2018 until Sunday 30 September 2018.

Bookings for the site (maximum stay 14 nights) must be arranged and paid for beforehand by contacting Forest Service at Garvagh Forest Office – (+44) 28 7034 0870  (booking hours Monday – Friday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm only)

The nightly rate is £25 per caravan inclusive of electricity (high season) and £23 (low season, 16 March 2018 to 29 March 2018).

Please note that accommodation is provided for caravans and camper vans only, there are no facilities for tents.

Admission

For admission charges, visit the following page:

Forest camping and caravanning terms and conditions

Before you make a booking, understand the  terms and conditions as they set out the agreement between you and Forest Service to use their services.  To view the terms, follow the link below:  

Trails at Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff Forest is home to many animals of conservation concern, most notably the red squirrel, hen harrier and Irish hare. There are several walking trails through the forest which give spectacular views and glimpses of wildlife.

Viewpoint trail (1 km)

From the viewpoint on the trail you can look down the Glen to the sea in the distance. The walk then takes you past the café and back to the car park via the ornamental gardens.

Waterfall walk trail (3 km)

This path features the waterfalls and National Nature Reserve. There are stairways, pathways cut into the near vertical sides of the gorge and elevated boardwalks on stilts in the river. It is a spectacular walk and very popular with visitors.  Be prepared for a steep climb, with steps.

Scenic trail (8.9 km)

The trail takes you down the Inver River gorge, nearly to the Ess-na-CrubWaterfall. Once you cross the river, you begin a long and winding climb from about 60 metres elevation to 260 metres over about 1.1km. Once you have done this climb there are good views over the Glen and across the sea as far as the Mull of Kintyre.

Rainbow trail (0.6 km)

This is an optional detour on the Waterfall walk and includes a river crossing at the Rainbow Bridge.

Glenariff National Nature Reserve

The rocky gorges of the river support a wide range of mosses, liverworts and ferns. Due to the richness and diversity of these plants, part of the Glenariff Glen has been designated as a National Nature Reserve. The timber walkway that winds through the glen and alongside the river gorge was first built about 100 years ago and has been carefully reconstructed to provide a spectacular walk.

How to get there

You can enter the forest by car, on foot or by bicycle from the A43 Glenariff Road. Ulsterbus service number 150 operating to and from Ballymena (Monday to Saturday only) stops at the front entrance gate.

Public vehicle access to the Forest Park by the main entrance may occasionally be restricted because of forest operations work.

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