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Published May 6th 2020
Fun family day out
Located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland Glenariff Forest Park makes for a relaxing day out in the country.



With waterfalls hidden in the rock gorges, there are several different walking paths that you can take with distances ranging from 0.6km to 8.9km. The whole park covers an area of almost 3000 acres



We took a stroll along the waterfall trail, which is roughly 3km long. It takes you down into the gorge, starting near one end of the car park and looping around to bring you back near the end. The trail is steep in some areas but worth the effort to see the waterfalls. Down at the bottom section, you pass by a good size pub that serves a range of local cuisine and beers.



As you walk along the trails, you get to see a diverse range of plants and mosses. You may even be lucky to see some of the local wildlife along with spectacular views!



Up at the main car park, you'll find a visitors centre and café, though the cafe is only open seasonally. The visitor centre appears to be open all year round but is unmanned. Inside there is a range of displays that tell you about the history of the park, which is part of a National Nature Reserve that first opened over 80 years ago.



Access to the forest is open all day for visitors on foot, parking is £5 per car and opens from 8 am to dusk, other charges may apply at different times with information on their website.



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Why? Stretch you legs in a forest
When: Open all year
Phone: (028) 7034 0870
Where: Glenariffe Road Cargan County Antrim BT44 0QX
Cost: Free
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