Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail

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Moderate
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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8.9 km
Elevation
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325 m
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Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail

Walking the Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail is an amazing outdoor experience in Northern Ireland that the entire family can enjoy. While out on the trail, you will explore the magical woodland landscape of the Glenariff Glen while taking in views of wildlife and stunning waterfalls. This is a fantastic route that is suitable for nearly every age and skill level.

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Route Description for Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail

While the Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail is fairly easy overall, there are a few sections of uphill walking along the route that could prove troublesome for less-mobile walkers. Be sure to wear comfortable walking boots with good support for the best footing along the trail. Additionally, you will likely want to arrive early in order to secure parking and beat out the crowds.

With the exception of the other walkers on the trail, this is an amazing escape that will allow you to reconnect with nature and relax in the outdoors. Stunning waterfall views, winding streams, and tranquil forests await on this family friendly adventure that can be enjoyed by all.

Setting out from the car park, you will head to the southeast across the open field, making your way past the tea house towards the edge of the forest. After entering into the tree cover, you will gently descend the hillside, before turning towards the northeast on the way to visit the Ess-na-Crub Waterfall. After taking in the beautifully scenic views of the cascading waterfall, you will head south and climb back uphill along a series of very broad switchbacks through the forest.

Eventually, you will exit the forest and arrive at a series of stream crossings that mark the southernmost point of the route. Here, you will make your way over three bridges and continue along the trail as it leads you north. Climbing gently up the hillside, you will travel between two dense stretches of forest and eventually reach a hilltop overlooking the camping area. Continue on to the northwest, following the path as it descends the hillside and turns back to the east on the return leg back to the Glenariff Forest Park Scenic trailhead.

Trail Highlights

Glenariff Forest Park

The Glenariff Forest Park is a 2928 acre stretch of woodland terrain that is managed by the Northern Ireland Forest Service and can be found inside the boundaries of the scenic County Antrim. Due largely in part to the rich biodiversity of the plant life found here, portions of the Glenariff Glen have been designated as a national nature reserve.

In this amazing woodland setting, you will find stunning viewpoints overlooking waterfalls, wonderfully scenic riverside areas, tranquil forest trails, and a camping/caravanning area that makes the park a popular place for a wide range of visitors. While it is mostly known as a recreation area, Glenariff Forest Park is also used for the production of timber and is home to numerous species of wildlife, including Irish Hare, Red Squirrel, and Hen Harrier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Glenariff Forest Park located?

Glenariff Forest Park is a 2928 acre swathe of woodlands within County Antrim.

Is Glenariff Forest Park free?

You will need to pay a fee to gain entry into Glenariff Forest Park. Check the current prices here.

Is Glenariff Forest Park dog friendly?

While dogs are permitted at Glenariff Forest Park, some of the trails may be too narrow and difficult to traverse for some.

Insider Hints for Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail

  • A fee of £5 per vehicle will need to be paid to enter the Glenariff Forest Park.
  • Keep your dog on a lead.
  • Toilet facilities are located near the visitor centre.
  • Comfortable footwear with good grip is recommended.

Getting to the Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail Trailhead

To get to the Glenariff Forest Park Scenic Trail starting point from Waterfoot, drive to the southwest for 7.4 km along Glenariffe Road and turn left. Keep on for another 1.1 km to reach the car park.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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