There are few locations which could rival the beauty and tranquillity of Oak Park Forest Park. Ideal for leisurely strolls and walks, a visit here is a relaxing and pleasurable experience and a must for any visitor to Co. Carlow. Colour coded circular walkways of varying lengths with excellent accessible surfaces and easy gradients make a visit here an enjoyable experience for young and old alike.The park is a mature, mixed species woodland of over 120 acres with a predominance of Beech, Oak, Scots Pine, Silver Fir, Larch and Sycamore. The proximity of the walkways to the extensive collection of ferns, mosses and woodland flora provides the visitor with an ideal opportunity to interact with nature. Boasting a rich diversity of wildlife, the lakes and their surrounds provide a habitat for swans and ducks, while the islands shelter many wild and game birds.
The Woodland Looped walks extend over 4km. The walks include Butlers Wood Loop (700 metres), the Lake Path (800 metres), Fox Covert Track (1100 metres) and Sally Island Trail (1700 metres). All the walks are wheelchair accessible. Situated on the outskirts of Carlow town, the park is an oasis of tranquillity and a popular destination for walking and educational visits. The park also features a picnic area, informal leisure areas and seating at regular intervals. The Looped Board Walks have anti-slip surfacing, Ireland’s only outdoor universally accessible play ground and an adult fitness area looking onto the lake. The forest park is a recognised bat habitat and includes bird watching facilities.
HOW TO FIND US:
From Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 on M9 motorway. Follow signs for Carlow taking the first right after Toughers Restaurant.
Take a left at the next junction. Access also possible off Dr. Cullen Park Road on the outskirts of Carlow town.
Wheelchair accessible toilets, large car park, outdoor picnic tables,accessible play ground, adult fitness area, wheelchair accessible walkways and bird watch area.
End March – end Sept daily 8am-9pm, rest of year daily from 8am-4pm. Check for Christmas opening times.