Quality Walk

Glenariff Nature Reserve Waterfalls Walk

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

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Forest, Riverside


Boardwalk paths and steps, steep

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Waterfalls in gorge. Rare ferns, moss & liverworts

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

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 - www.forestserviceni.gov.uk


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

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

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Shop (wheelchair accessible)
Visitors Centre
Disabled toilets


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.



Publication Availability


Walk Location
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