Get Lost in Nature: The 11 Best Cork Forest Walks to Explore
Get Lost in Nature: The 11 Best Cork Forest Walks to Explore
The table above lists all the best forest walks near Cork. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.
Are you looking for something special during your next holiday? Have you been dreaming of lush forests, tranquil lakes, and calming mountain views? Look no further than Cork! This beautiful Irish region is packed with natural wonders that will amaze and inspire - especially when it comes to its forest walks. With a diverse range of terrains, plant life and wildlife on offer, Ireland's ancient forests are guaranteed to impress even the most seasoned traveller! Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation in nature's embrace - head over to Cork and experience the magic first-hand. You can see the views across Cork Harbour at Marlogue, see the wildflowers and butterflies at Moanbaun Woods or get involved at the many activities available at Farran Forest Park.
Once you've read up on the forest walks to try near the city of Cork, why not have a look at our posts for the activities that are available to do in this area. You can find them on the following buttons below:
Uncover Your Own Piece of Nature in Cork's Forests
In this blog post, we will be listing the many forest walks near Cork.
Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the individual place buttons for further information on the forest trails, from the Coillte website before you travel.
Oldcourt - Garryduff
Oldcourt (locally known as Garryduff) is a 26 hectare woodland wonder that lies just beyond the southern borders of Cork city. Featuring sections of old broadleaved and conifer forests, among its lush greenery visitors can find an array of mature specimen Horse Chestnuts and Sycamore trees near forest tracks ideal for exploring!
Marlogue Wood is a secluded area that offers an unspoiled, timeless atmosphere for visitors. Explore its variety of mature trees and walking trails which lead to spectacular views overlooking Cork Harbour; from the Monterey pine along the shoreline to East Ferry across the river estuary. Whether you wish to explore nature or take in panoramic coastal vistas, there's something here for everyone!
Rostellan Wood is nestled at the edge of Cork Harbour, offering stunning views and wildlife to visitors. There are a number of historic attractions such as an 18th century folly tower on its western point near the beach that remains partially in ruin plus an underground ice-house revealing some secrets from centuries past. With rocky coastlines, rustic towers and bird watchers flocking all year round it's easy to lose track of time exploring this scenic wood - regardless if you're young or old alike!
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Ballyannan Wood is a stunning mature mixed woodland located on the Owenacurra Estuary. The 2.3km long red-marked loop allows you to immerse yourself in the environment, traversing gentle slopes and old carriage paths through diverse habitats that draw an array of birdlife when low tide reveals its mudflats. A perfect way to explore, appreciate nature's beauty, and catch panoramic estuarine views!
At Moanbaun, an elevated plateau provides spectacular views of the surrounding stunning countryside. Look to the northwest for a postcard-perfect panorama featuringthe Nagle, Galtys and Ballyhoura Hills in the distance. A leisurely walk along its Nature Trail (3.5km) is perfect for those who wish to witness nature's beauty up close - with wildflowers abounding and butterflies flitting from blossom to bloom!
Ardarou is an idyllic spot nestled in a picturesque valley formed by the Bride River. The area has been long associated with O'Keeffe clan since before Cromwell's time and travellers can discover remnants of history via the famine relief road that snakes along side of the river. Those adventurers who seek further exploration will be captivated by this charming wooded walk featuring two scenic footbridges—a haven for birdwatchers as kingfishers, otters, and dippers abound!
This small woodland is a fascinating geologic and botanical wonder. Along the Glashagarriff River, visitors can explore gorgeous rock outcrops throughout the 8 hectare area including one on top of the trail to be particularly admired. Here you will find majestic Douglas fir, Oak, Sitka spruce and Japanese larch trees as well some very impressive geological formations that are sure to leave an impression! Don't miss the spectacular waterfall - it's power juxtaposed with its peaceful setting makes for quite breathtaking experience!
Farran Forest Park
Farran Park is a wildlife paradise nestled on Inniscarra Lake's southern shore. Its diverse trees and shrubs create an ever-changing landscape that appeals to visitors year round. There are two trails suitable for moderate levels of fitness: the short Enclosure Trail provides beautiful views of some of the wildlife that live here including the many bird species; while the Woodland Loop takes walkers through all areas of the park including to some beautiful lakeside scenery!
Warrenscourt is a sprawling woodland wonderland stretching across an impressive 110 hectares of lush greenery. Inhabited by magnificent Douglas fir, Norway spruce, Sitka spruce and more exotic species such as Western hemlock, Scots pine and Japanese larch, are spread all across this breathtaking landscape that overlooks the majestic Buingea river, along with vast stretches of farmland that beckon to be explored. Plentiful picnic tables populate the car park area in addition to those spread throughout the main forest walk alongside the beautiful riverbank - perfect for adventurous outdoor meals under wide open skies!
Dromkeen Wood is a magical place. Planted in 1740 by Thomas Adderley, its slopes and valleys burst into a stunning bluebell wonderland each April - drawing admirers from far and wide. The 20-minute Adderley Walk (750m) gives spectacular views of the river & village while taking you to the heart of this ancient woodland site where flora, shrubs - even red squirrels! – can be found if you're quiet enough...
Step back in time with a walk through the historic wood, spanning 200 hectares and perched atop an elevated hill overlooking the Atlantic. Ocean Take one of two looped trails or go off-piste to explore Templetrine Church's graveyard - home to headstones that date all the way back to 1832 and walls rumored from as early as the 1600's!
In this blog post, we have shared some of the woodland walks near Cork. To find out more about free things to do in the area, click on the buttons below:
All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!