Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff Forest Park

The Waterfall Walkway at Glenariff Forest Park opened over 80 years ago. The walk passes through a National Nature Reserve. There are three waterfalls and forest trails that offer picturesque panoramic views and relaxing riverside walks.

There's also a visitor centre, exhibition, interactive display, shop, caravan site and a seasonal restaurant on site.

Facilities

Accessibility
Toilets
Accessible toilets
Café
Shop
Parking
Camping

Opening Hours

Caravan site open July until start September

Charges

Access: 

Car £4.50

Minibus £12.50

Coach £32.00

Motorcycle £2.30

(Payable on entrance to car park and covers admission to forest)

Parking: 

Car £4.50

Minibus £12.50

Coach £32.00

Motorcycle £2.30

(Payable on entrance to car park and covers admission to forest)

Walk Trails

Circular, 1.5 miles

Glenariff Nature Reserve Waterfalls Walk. Forest walk with spectacular waterfalls.

Circular, 0.4 miles

Glenariff Forest Park, Rainbow Trail. A detour off the Waterfall walk, crossing the Rainbow Bridge.

Circular, 5.9 miles

Glenariff Forest Park, Scenic Trail. Steep climb with fine views.

Circular, 0.6 miles

Glenariff Forest Park, Viewpoint Trail. View the sea in the distance..

Other Activities

Horse Riding
The main forest car park is not usually used by equestrians, however should you require additional parking facilities please contact North District Forest Service Office (+44(0)28 2955 6000) as there is a main car park with toilet facilities which has been used in the past for organised rides.

Comments

Louise Mitchell 8 November, 2013 @ 18:53

Is the forest open to ride horses in? Are there off road routes available? Thank you.

Local Outdoors 11 November, 2013 @ 15:38

Hi Louise,

Thanks for your enquiry. Yes, you can ride horses in Glenariff forest. For more information call NI Direct on the following number (028) 2955 6000 and they should be able to give you more details on specific routes etc.

You may also find this leaflet useful http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/horse-riding-in-forests-leaflet.pdf which contains a list of forests where you can ride as well as the appropriate people to call.

Local Outdoors

Stephen martin 12 December, 2013 @ 01:16

Hi there can you cycle any of the trails in glenariff forest park, thanks stevie

Local Outdoors 12 December, 2013 @ 10:58

Hi Stevie,

Thanks for your enquiry via the Local Outdoors Portal. Unfortunately there are no cycling routes in Glenariff, walking trails only. If you are looking for mountain biking venues I would suggest checking out www.MountainBikeNI.com or alternatively if you are looking for more family orientated off road cycling you could visit the off road cycling section of CycleNI.com http://www.cycleni.com/off-road/

Local Outdoors

Lori 15 February, 2014 @ 22:04

Hi,

We're staying at a local B&B, but wanted to do an early morning walk (6:30am). How do we go about paying if we arrive that early?

OutdoorNI 17 February, 2014 @ 10:36

Hi Lori,

Thanks for your enquiry. Forest Service manage Glenariff and should be able to answer your question. The Garvagh office is able to take enquiries regarding Glenariff and you can call them on +44 (0)28 2955 6000. Enjoy your walk!

OutdoorNI

lesley 10 April, 2015 @ 14:44

Hi was just wondering if there is electric hook up and are the tent pitches close to the tent area..

OutdoorNI 13 April, 2015 @ 10:17

Hi Lesley,

Many thanks for your comment via Local Outdoors. For more information on the camping and caravan facilities at Glenariff telephone the Garvagh Forest office on +44(0)28 2955 6000.

The office is open from 9:00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and is closed on public holidays.

Tiernan 22 May, 2015 @ 17:44

Are there any bus services to Glenariff?

Many thanks.

Jen 27 May, 2015 @ 00:11

hello was wondering do you have to pay to camp on your site? Thank you

OutdoorNI 27 May, 2015 @ 11:02

Hi Tiernan,

Translink operate a service to Glenariff approx 5 miles from the forest park. If you use the Translink journey planner you should be able to find the best option for getting to Glenariff from your chosen location http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/web/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2

OutdoorNI 28 May, 2015 @ 11:34

Hi Jenifer,

Many thanks for getting in touch via Local Outdoors Glenariff page. We are a promotional body and don’t actually manage the site. There is a charge for camping on the official campsite based opposite the forest park (a new campsite is currently being built within the forest park however it is not due to be completed until September 2015. )

The existing site will be open to accommodate caravans and tents from Friday 3 April 2015 to Sunday 27th September 2015. The cost is £14.20 per pitch per night for tents. See the NI Direct website for further details http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/glenariff-forest-park

Sites cannot be pre-booked, but intending customers can check how many spaces are free at the last inspection by telephoning Garvagh Forest office: +44 28 2955 6000.

The office is open from 9:00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and is closed on public holidays.

Hannah 12 June, 2015 @ 20:56

I was wondering if dogs are allowed in the park? Thank you

OutdoorNI 15 June, 2015 @ 10:38

Hi Hannah,

Many thanks for your enquiry.

Yes dogs are allowed in the forest park. Forest Service NI (who manage the site) state that dog owners can bring dogs into forests and woodlands, provided they:

Always keep their dogs under control

Don't allow their dogs to distress other forest users or wildlife

Dog owners should be responsible and clear up after their dogs to avoid problems for other walkers.

Enjoy.

Roxanne 22 June, 2015 @ 20:48

Hi,

Are there any horse riding organisations nearby that take beginners on trail rides through or nearby the forest?

OutdoorNI 23 June, 2015 @ 10:27

Hi Roxanne,

Many thanks for your comment on Local Outdoors. There is no horse riding school based in the forest park itself however horse riding is permitted with a permit. A day permit is £9 and details of how to get one can be found here: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/leisure-home-and-community/leisure-and-recreation/outdoor-recreation/forests/forest-recreation-charges.htm

Please see here for a map containing the closest horse riding schools to the area http://www.outdoorni.com/activities/horse-riding/activity-providers/

Sara 20 August, 2015 @ 14:40

Hi, thinking of visiting Glenariff but will have two year old twins in a buggy. Is some of the area suitable for a buggy? Thank you.

OutdoorNI 20 August, 2015 @ 15:05

Hi Sara,

Due to the nature of the forest park being within a glen the terrain is very steep and there are a lot of steps within the forest park therefore unfortunately the trails would not be recommended for buggies. You would be able to have access to the visitor centre and coffee shop within the park however out with here and the car park buggy walking options would be very limited.

The nearest other suitable country park which may be of interest and would have more walking options for a buggy would be Carnfunnock Country Park in Larne http://www.outdoorni.com/local-outdoors/venues/carnfunnock-country-park/

Chris 22 April, 2016 @ 13:29

Is it still possible to pitch a tent at the site across the road from the park or is it completely closed?

OutdoorNI 22 April, 2016 @ 14:23

Hi Chris,

That campsite is now closed.

Forest Service is opening the new caravan site at Glenariff Forest Park on Friday 29 April 2016 through to Monday 2 May 2016 to provide an opportunity to trial the new facilities.

As far as we are aware this is for caravans only, I would suggest contacting the Garvagh Forest Office on 028 70340870 for more information re camping.

Sarah 17 May, 2016 @ 16:35

Hi there, was wondering if your allowed dogs? X

OutdoorNI 17 May, 2016 @ 16:51

Hi Sarah,

Many thanks for your enquiry.

Yes dogs are allowed in the forest park. Forest Service NI (who manage the site) state that dog owners can bring dogs into forests and woodlands, provided they:

Always keep their dogs under control

Don't allow their dogs to distress other forest users or wildlife

Dog owners should be responsible and clear up after their dogs to avoid problems for other walkers.

Enjoy.

Contact

+44 (0)28 2955 6000

Location

On A43 Ballymena-Waterfood road 22km north east of Ballymena, signposted

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