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Glenariff Nature Reserve Waterfalls Walk

From Glenariff Forest Park follow the way marked trail (Waterfall Walk) down the steps, along the boardwalks through Glenariff Nature Reserve. Walk through the river gorge and past spectacular waterfalls. Damp conditions ideal for ferns, mosses and liverworts with several rare species present.




1.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Forest, Riverside


Boardwalk paths and steps, steep

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Waterfalls in gorge. Rare ferns, moss & liverworts

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

From the car park follow the Waterfall Walk waymarkers (Red Arrows) around the walk. Very steep descent down path and steps to the bottom of gorge passing some spectacular waterfalls within the Nature Reserve. Follow the boardwalk to the Manor Lodge and then return to the car park up a steep forestry track.

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service NI website - www.forestserviceni.gov.uk


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Take the A43 Ballymena to Waterfoot road to Glenariff Forest Park.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Shop (wheelchair accessible)
Visitors Centre
Disabled toilets


Shop and seasonal restaurant and public toilets at Forest Park carpark. There is a fee for the carpark. Manor Lodge restaurant is located half way around the walk.



Publication Availability


Walk Location
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Ratings and Comments

Kathleen Jack 19 November, 2018 @ 00:42

We did this walk in 1997...it has stuck in my mind & never left it all these years! Exquisitely spectacular for it’s beauty! I’ve just recommended it to family who are flying from Australia over this week, to take in both Northern & Southern Ireland. Always in my heart Northern Ireland where we got to live for a time! ??

Sarah Gillen 5 May, 2018 @ 02:02

Simply stunningly beautiful. I fell in love with the Glens of Antrim today. A short walk but steep at the beginning and end. Really felt it in my legs at the end! I will definitely be returning next week to do the 8k scenic trail.

WalkNI 25 October, 2017 @ 13:50

Hi Andy, no the waterwheel is not within the forest park. I believe it is somewhere nearby in Glenariff but unfortunately I'm not sure of the location.


Andy C 25 October, 2017 @ 13:43

Hi, I have seen pictures of a waterwheel, but could not find it. Is it within the forest park?

WalkNI 14 August, 2017 @ 10:13

Hi Marcus,

Entrance pricing to the forest park is £5 per car.

Glenariff Forest Park caravan site is open from St Patrick’s Day until 30 September.

Bookings for the caravan site (maximum stay 14 nights) must be arranged and paid for beforehand by contacting Forest Service at Garvagh Forest Office – (+44) 28 7034 0870 (booking hours Monday – Friday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm only)

The nightly rate is £25 per caravan inclusive of electricity (high season) and £23 (low season, St Patrick’s Day to Good Friday).

Please note that accommodation is provided for caravans and camper vans only, there are no facilities for tents.

Contact NIDirect for any further info https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/glenariff-forest-park

Marcus 10 August, 2017 @ 20:11

Hi could I get some information on prices etc. It could be for only 2 people maybe more thanks.

Mark J.Cairns 9 May, 2010 @ 10:38

One of the best walks in Northern Ireland and an impressive place to bring guests to Northern Ireland.

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