Colin Glen Forest Park is regarded as Belfast's 'green lung'. Following the Colin River through the beautiful wooded glen on surfaced paths creates the opportunity to experience great views of the glen, the Belfast Hills (Black Mountain) and Belfast City.
The Forest Park is popular throughout the year with the public and visiting groups for a variety of outdoor activities, educational visits and events.
Point of interest:Wildlife pond, wild flowers in spring
Nearest town:Stewartstown Road, Belfast
OS map:Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder
Terrain:Surfaced paths, some steep hills
Route:From the car park go through the pedestrian gate into the park and follow the main path past the red suspension bridge, keeping the Colin River on your right.
Following the Hannahstown Trail, (red way marking arrows), keep left at the next two junctions, climbing uphill through the woodland. Views will open up across the glen, the hills above and the city below. On your left is a former landfill site.
At the next junction turn right which leads down the 39 steps to a wildlife pond. Take the path to the left, following it until you reach the Tri-bridge. If you turn right this leads you to the Cantilever Bridge under the Glen Road into Upper Colin Glen, a National Trust property.
If you turn after you cross the bridge, this will take you back down the glen. Pass the Weir and Gamekeepers Bridges’ and return down the glen back to the car park.
Facilities:Colin Glen Forest Park Centre - car parking, toilets, cafe and information, opening hours apply.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Surfaced, steep in places
Publication:A Walk in the Park, Colin Glen Leaflet.
Belfast City Council Parks + Open Spaces Dept - Tel 028 9032 0202 ext 6653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaflet also available to download on this webpage.
Getting to the start by public transport:Metro Services 10 H
Getting to the start by car:Car park at Colin Glen Centre - entrance signposted off the Stewartstown Road.