Ballinaboola Loop

Trail description

This trail follows forest roads that service the larger block of forestry of over 6,000 hectares.  The main tree species within this area is Japanese larch, Lodgepole pine and Sitka spruce with birch, ash, Sally and Holly scattered in places.  The loop overlaps with the Ballyhoura Way, a national long distance waymarked way of 89 km's that goes from St. John's Bridge in Co. Cork to Limerick Junction in Co. Tipperary.  You may spot mountain bikers along the way who are using the large network of singletrack trails and forest roads within the property.  In terms of fauna, red squirrels, foxes, hares, frogs, hen harriers and deer are all present although elusive.  

On clear days, the views include the impressive uplands of the Ballyhouras themselves, the rich agricultural lands in the hinterland of Charleville and occasionally beyond to Limerick City and the mighty river Shannon in the distance.   


Trail Name: Ballinaboola Loop
Recreation Site: Ballinaboola  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Ballinaboola car park
Length:10 km
Time: 2 hours 30 mins
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 200m
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Ballinaboola car park
Trail Way marking:purple