This is a mainly mixed coniferous forest with an extensive system of internal forest roads.
There is an outbreak of Japanese Larch disease (P. ramorum) at this forest. Visitors are asked to pay attention to any signage with information on bio-security measures needed to help prevent the spread of this disease. More information on preventing the spread of tree disease can be found on the following page:
Walkers can enjoy panoramic views over County Antrim and Lough Neagh. There are no facilities for recreational activities. The public are welcome to visit this forest on foot. Follow the safety advice on forest signs.
The forest is open every day from 8.00 am until sunset for pedestrians only.
About this forest
The main feature of interest in the forest is a National Nature Reserve. The reserve is in a disused Rhyolite quarry on the edge of the woodland.
Only pedestrian access is allowed on forest roads. The roads are maintained for operational purposes and are made of rough stone with some gravel. Stout walking shoes or boots are recommended at all times.
How to get there
Turn off at Junction 5 on the northbound carriage of the M2 onto the A57 and continue towards the Templepatrick roundabout. Take the third turn off the roundabout. This road runs parallel to the motorway and passes the Hilton Hotel.
About one mile from the roundabout there is a sign to the right for Parkgate. The road crosses a bridge over the motorway. In Parkgate village take Connor Road on the left. Go uphill for about three miles, over the Carnearney crossroads and a few hundred yards further on is the access on the right into Duncan’s car park.