Lough Navar Forest near Derrygonnelly contains lakes, peat bogs, exposed cliffs and some amazing viewpoints. The north-facing sandstone scarps are botanically important for arctic-alpine species, most notably one-sided wintergreen, yellow mountain saxifrage, shady horsetail, holly fern and green spleenwort. Hen harriers, sparrowhawks, jays and ravens may be spotted throughout the year while crossbills and cuckoos also occur. Woodcock breed in the clearings while smaller birds, which are more likely to be heard than seen, include coal tits, goldcrests, treecreepers, and siskins. Red deer and feral goats can be seen from the forest tracks. The area is rich in insects with common hawker and black darter dragonflies being frequently seen while in August peacock butterflies occur in large numbers feeding on devil’s-bit scabious.
Within the Lough Navar forest are many way-marked walking trails highlighting short and longer walks. Particularly lovely is the Blackslee Waterfall trail which is edged with deciduous scrub and so in springtime there are many primroses, anemones, wild garlic, bluebells and violets.
Magho Cliffs Walk
The viewpoint is the stunning background for 2 way-marked walks: one a steep 1 mile/1.5km assent and the othere a leisurely 0.4m/600m trail. Marvel at the magnificent views over Lower Lough Erne and the Erne estuary, with its islands and promontories. There are also panoramic views of Mullaghmore and Slieve League.
The Lough Navar Lakes Walk
Around Loughs Glengreawan, Meenameen, Navar and Achork in spring marsh marigolds are abundant around all lakes while in summer the exposed shorelines can be carpeted with pink ragged robin and the delicate white flowers of grass parnsassus.
This walk is a looped walk 6.75miles/11km in length along forest tracks and gravel paths. Part of this walk is shorter 1.25miles/2km looped walk skirting the shoreline of Lough Achork.
Correl Glen Nature Reserve
Opposite Lough Navar Forest entrance car park lies a delightful path through the Correl Glen. This ancient oak and birch woodland is cut through by the Silless River which tumbles in a succession of waterfalls beside the path. The sandstone geology has encouraged a ground floraq largely of mosses, wood-rush and bilberry, and a variety of ferns including the rare hay-scented buckler fern.
1 mile/1.6km looped way marked walk. A narrow gravel path with some steep sections. Interpretive panel and scenic views.
Blackslee Waterfall Walk is a 3.8 miles/6.1km looped walk along forest tracks starting in the carpark at Aghameelan Viewpoint
Open all year round forest operations permitting.
Lough Navar Forest, Scenic Drive and Walking Trails