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This is the southern section of Ballykelly Forest, the first state forest to be acquired in Northern Ireland. Four and a half hectares of Douglas Fir were planted here in 1912 within the boundaries of a much more ancient woodland. While today the Wood is mainly made up of conifer plantation, around the edges a strip of the old natural woodland remains and makes for an excellent walk.
The area has a good network of forest tracks and paths and there are significant blocks of mature forest which allow the runner / walker to get off the beaten track.
The area is very suitable for introductory to intermediate level Orienteering.
Access and Car Parking
There is good car parking in a Forestry Service Car Park just off the A2 Clooney Road. The car park entrance is signposted directly opposite a CostCutter Supermarket.
Postcode Note: A postcode / street name and number are provided below to assist Sat Nav users. Please note that forests, mountains and car parks do not have postcodes – the code given will normally relate to a residential property which may be some distance from the parking. Please use Sat Nav in conjunction with the maps provided to find your actual destination!
320 Clooney Rd