This trail takes in the butterfly gardens with a walk through the heart of the Forest plots enabling the walker to view a wide variety of different tree species then skirting the edge of the pond before rising through the open parkland back to the car park.Sturdy footwear recommended
Point of interest:Variety of trees, butterfly garden
OS map:Sheet 13
Terrain:Off road forest paths
Route:Leading off the red trail at the large fish pond, the black trail takes you to a junction where the Black 1 Old Woodland trail separates from the Forest Plots trail. The Forest Plots line both sides of the trail until rejoins the Red trail.
The Forest Plots were established from 1965 onwards. Many of the tree species here have not generally been grown in this country within closely and evenly spaced stands. Examples worth looking at are Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle), and Thuja plicata (Western red cedar).
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 web site - link below
Facilities:Car park (fee charged), Toilets (disabled access), Picnic areas, Camping and Caravaning, Way-marked/nature trails, Guided tours available
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:The conditions likely to be encountered are described below.
Steps, gullies, fences, streams, boulders
All types of terrain
Some Rest Areas at irregular intervals
Way-finding Markers at trail junctions
Distance “To go” Markers at trail junctions.
Publication:Leaflet available below.
Getting to the start by public transport:Signposted from the A505 - Cookstown to Omagh Road.