Ards Forest Park
A visit to Ards Forest Park will reward everyone at any time of the year. The park covers approximately 480 hectares (1200 acres) and includes a variety of habitats, among them sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, saltwater lakes, and coniferous and deciduous woodlands.
Walks: There are nine trails to choose from, including
- Salt Marsh Trail (0.5kms, multi-access, 1hr).
- Sand Dune Trail (1.0km, multi-access, 1.5hrs).
- Nature Trail (1.5kms, 1.0hr, easy)
- Red Trail (13.0kms, 4hrs, strenuous).
- Green Trail ( 3.5kms, 1.5hrs, easy)
- Yellow Trail (4.0kms, 1.5hrs, easy)
- Marine Trail (2.5kms, 1.0hr, easy)
- Heritage trail (5.0kms, 2.0hrs, moderate).
- Binngorm Trail (3.5kms, 2.0hrs, strenuous).
Cycling – some of the longer trails are great for off-road cycling with the children.
Play: Let the kids run free on a playground located on a sandy surface near the sea.
Explore nature: Visit the bird hide located on the Saltmarsh trail and see the winter visitors, or follow the nature or heritage trail.
The Coffee Tree is a family-run Coffee and Snack outlet aiming to provide an enhanced visitor experience to the beautiful Ards Forest Park. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and is open all year.
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