Ards Forest Park


Ards forest park is situated 5km north of Creeslough on the N56.

Site Description

A visit to Ards Forest Park will reward everyone at any time of the year. The park covers approximately 480 hectares (1200 acres) and includes a variety of habitats, among them sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, salt water lakes, rock face and, of course, coniferous and deciduous woodlands. With such a variety of landscapes, it is possible to spend many hours exploring this wonderful park. The sea is one of the real treasures of this forest park and there are several trails, the Binngorm trail, the Salt Marsh Trail and the Sand Dune Trail, which offer the hiker an opportunity to experience it in all its facets.
There are a large number of trails in this park giving the walker the opportunity to explore a variety of habitats from foreshore and sand dunes to semi natural oak woodlands on rock outcrops. By "stitching together" a number of trails, it is possible to hike for 5/6 hours on forest tracks and trails, taking in the full circuit of the park. The opportunities are endless.
There is a diverse range of flora and fauna in the park ranging from blackberry and bramble in the oak forest to water lilies which thrive in a fen area near Lough Lilly to orchids on the sand dunes. There are small areas of semi-natural woodland comprising trees such as oak, ash and birch giving you the feel of primeval woodlands in Ireland. There are also areas colonised with Rhododendron - which, although an unwelcome visitor, gives a great display in May and June. The park is also home to a wide selection of animals and birds and the special hide at the end of the salt marsh trail allows the visitor to watch our winter visitors feed on the salt marsh.
For those interested in human history, there are a number of historical and archaeological features. There are the remains of four ring forts together with a holy well and a mass rock.

There is a pay barrier at this Forest Park.

Parking Fee: €5.00 Per Car (Coins Only)
Annual Access Card €40.00
The Annual Access Card is valid for all Forest Parks listed on our website
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To prevent theft - Please ensure not to leave valuables on display in your vehicle.
Please keep dogs on leads at all times.

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Ards Forest Park Features

Archaeological, Picnic Site, Playground, Forest Park, Walking Trails, Access for all,

How do I get there?

Ards Forest Park is located mid way between the towns of Creeslough and Dunfanaghy on the N56

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No of car spaces:150
Car park opens:March to October 07.00
Car park closes:March to October 22.00
Parking fee price:Please See Details Below
Parking options:Restricted hours apply
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Contact Info

Contact name:Bernard O