The Centenary Trail celebrates 100 years of Irish forestry from 1904 to 2004. It follows signs that are fixed to posts or trees and information is provided by a signal sign located at each of the 20 stops along the trail. The route takes you in the footsteps of early forestry students or pioneers of Irish forestry. It will show the experiments they established and demonstrate some of the lessons that have shaped not only forestry practice but also the Irish landscape over the last century.
Most of the trees are over 100 years old. Some of the tree species to be seen are maple, sycamore, beech, larch, oak, Spanish chestnut, Douglas fir and Scots pine. The trail leads to a viewing point called "the Cairn" that is located in the centre of the Great Ride. "The Cairn" was constructed by early forestry students from stone they had collected while clearing field boundaries of the estate. From here there is a magnificent view up the Great Ride and down the valley across the Vale of Avoca and the Avonmore River.
Further along the trail other trees found are Sitka and Norway spruce, red oak and giant redwoods. This trail runs over part of a number of other trails on the grounds but ends up following the "Pine Trail" to the back of Avondale House.
The route can be walked in either direction. However for less agile walkers it is easier to start this trail from the back of the House.
|Trail Name:||Centenary Trail|
|Recreation Site:||Avondale Forest Park [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Car park|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Easy View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Back of Avondale House|
|Trail Way marking:||Logo (100 years)|