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.

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Glenariff Nature Reserve Waterfalls Walk

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  • 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! ??

    Kathleen Jack at 10:47 am
  • County Antrim

    Distance 1.9 miles

    OS Map Sheet 9

    Terrain Boardwalk paths and steps, steep

    Nearest Town Glenariff

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference D210205

    Route Type Forest, Riverside

    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 –


    Point of Interest

    Waterfalls in gorge. Rare ferns, moss & liverworts

    Getting to the start

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

    Public transport

    Translink –


    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.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.