Nature Trail

Trail description

Starting out from the trailhead at the Centre, follow the orange markers up through the forest.  The walk takes you through beautiful stands of mature Scot's Pine and Beech.  You will pass via forest tracks and trails over the Lyre na Freaghaun stream and alongside Sitka Spruce plantations before heading back down onto the main forest road.  From here you will turn left and continue up the forest road, along with the mountain bikers, until you reach a junction where the mountain bikers continue on their own singletrack and the walkers head down the forest road.  At the end of this road is a narrow track that is adjacent to a small glen.  You will hear the rapidly flowing stream that carries the name of the Gleann Easa Mór or the 'Glen of the great waterfall'.  The woodland in this area is an example of  native, semi-natural forest and Coillte have long term plans in place to maintain and enhance the habitat and trees here.  The glen here promotes it's own special micro climate, take the time to pay special attention to the many types of fern and bryophytes.  Ascend up, what is known locally as 'Lenihan's Steps' to the 'big tree', taking care to look out for mountain bikers as the singletrack and walking trail cross at this point.  Once back out on the forest road, turn left and return back to the car park along the Ballyhoura Way.

Trail Name: Nature Trail
Recreation Site: Ballyhoura - Walking Trails  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Trailhead in the car park
Length:4.8 km
Time: 1 hour 40 mins
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 70
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Trailhead in the car park
Trail Way marking:Orange