Muckamore Forest, including Rea's Wood, Antrim town

This small woodland is located on the north eastern shoreline of Lough Neagh, between Antrim Marina and the site of the former Deer Park Hotel.

Activities

A single walking trail has been provided, running the full length of the forest. It has a small loop at the south end. This trail also acts as an optional diversionary route for the Lough Shore cycle trail, forming part of the Sustrans cycling network. Pedestrians have right of way at all times but should be aware that they may come across cyclists in both directions.

There are no parking facilities at this forest. Walking access is easiest via the Antrim Borough Council car park next to the marina. The council maintains the car park, café and toilets at the marina.

There are no facilities for other recreational activities provided at the forest.

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

There may be restricted access to parts of the forest during forestry work so pay attention to safety advice on forest signs.

About this forest

Rea’s Wood is contained within the Lough Neagh Special Protection Area. It is an area of alder and willow scrub within the forest. It  has been additionally designated as a Special Area of Conservation in recognition of its high biodiversity value as a primary wet woodland habitat.

The lakeshore trees and shrub layer afford ample opportunities for nesting water birds. During spring through to early summer, many varieties of birds breed and raise their young here.

How to get there

Travelling from Belfast to Antrim town on the A6, the road leading to the Antrim Marina is clearly signposted on the left, just beside the Antrim Forum sports complex.

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