Glenariff Nature Reserve Waterfalls Walk

Walking Route

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

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Waterfalls in gorge. Rare ferns, moss & liverworts

Nearest town:


OS map:

Sheet 9


Boardwalk paths and steps, steep


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 -


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.

Accessible toilet facilities:


Accessible terrain:

Forest paths, steep in places with lots of steep steps and sections of boardwalk



Getting to the start by public transport:

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

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymena Tourist Information Centre "The Braid"
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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