Ballyboley Forest

Ballyboley Forest

Ballyboley Forest has some non waymarked walking trails to allow you explore this forest on foot. The Ulster Way passes through and over the top of Carninard (366m) within Ballyboley Forest.

Ballyboley Forest was first planted in 1957. It provides a good example of multiple land-use with its large catchment area supplying water to the surrounding communities, and the forest growing raw material for the saw mills. 

The dam at Killylane was constructed in 1955 and can supply Larne, Ballymena, Ballyclare and parts of Antrim with up to three million gallons of water a day. It is stocked annually with rainbow trout and attracts many anglers to the area





Opening Hours

Open all year round



Free admission


Free admission

Getting There

From Larne, take the A8 for two and a half miles then turn right onto the A38, Shanes Hill Road and travel for approximately three miles. Turn left onto Upper Ballyboley Road and the forest entrance is signposted.

From Ballymena, take the A36 signposted for Larne (approximately 14 miles). Turn right onto the Upper Ballyboley Road. The forest entrance is signposted.


Walk Trails

Linear, 22 miles

Antrim Hills Way. Across scenic hill-tops.

Other Activities


Horse Riding


Emma todd 10 January, 2014 @ 22:13

Hey is the forest open for horse to go round??

Local Outdoors 13 January, 2014 @ 16:58

Hi Emma,

Thanks for your enquiry. Yes, you can ride horses in Ballyboley Forest. For more information call NI Direct on the following number 028 2955 6007 and they should be able to give you more details on specific routes etc.

You may also find this leaflet useful which contains a list of forests where you can ride as well as the appropriate people to call.

Local Outdoors


+44 (0) 28 7034 0848


Ballyboley Forest
Co. Antrim

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