Crone Woods


Glencree Valley, County Wicklow

Site Description


Crone is situated on the south side of the Glencree valley. The valley is one of a series of glaciated valleys that run in an east/west direction along the eastern side of the Wicklow Mountains.

Records show that as early as 13th century the steep sides of Crone in the Glencree valley were set aside as a Royal Hunting Park. Powerscourt Estate documents reveal that the name Crone was in use as far back as 1757 and may derive from Cruasdhne or hard ground. This area became a hideout following the 1798 rebellion for bands of rebels and insurgents. The British Military built the Military Road with a barracks at the top of the valley to open up the area following the 1798 rising. During the ensuing centuries the value of the oak in the area was recognised and the woodland exploited for timber.

Today the forest is sustainably managed to produce quality saw log and tree species include Scots pine, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, Larch and Corsican pine. The forest is home to a variety of animals including deer, foxes, badgers and red squirrels.

Walking and Hiking in Crone
The forest has an extensive network of forest roads and trails which can take the walker either along the very popular Wicklow Way to the magnificent viewpoint at Ride Rock looking over the Powerscourt Waterfall and the Great Sugar Loaf or through the quieter reaches of the forest on the Maulin Mountain Trail or on the forest roads to Ballyreagh and Ravens Glen. Crone is an ideal staging point for accessing the Wicklow Way  and walkers can head south across the shoulder of Djouce to Ballinastoe  or head northwards to Knockree or Curlestown or can gain access to the Wicklow Mountains National Park which joins the southern boundary.


Visitors should note that Crone Car Park closes at 4.00pm.


Safety on the Hills
When venturing into the hills visitors are advised to be equipped with waterproof clothing, strong shoes or boots, a drink and a snack and a map and compass.




To prevent theft - Please ensure not to leave valuables on display in your vehicle.

Crone Woods Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Dublin or Wicklow take the N/M 11 and take the turn off for Enniskerry  R117. From Enniskerry take the R760 south and follow the directions for POWERSOURT WATERFALL. Leave the gates of the waterfall on your left and continue on the 3rd class road to Glencree on south side of Glencree Valley. Crone is about 1 km on further on the left.

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No of car spaces:100
Car park opens:Summer 9.00am
Car park closes:Summer 4.00pm
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Contact Info

Contact name:Barry Coad