Way-marked Trails

Four way-marked trails of varying length wind through the forest leading into some of the park's most beautiful and tranquil areas. These trails follow a circular route and are sign-posted from the Wheel car park. Shorter informal walks are possible around the arboretum and garden area of the Forest Park.

Trail Map

DEER PARK TRAIL (2 km / 1.25 mls)


This trail sets out from the Wheel car park and passes into an open paddock area where one of the largest collections of traditional breeds of poultry in Ireland is on view to the public. It continues through open parkland where one can see Irish draught horses, long-horn cattle, a selection of rare breeds of sheep and a herd of red deer in a natural setting. From here the path winds its way through the forest returning to the Wheel car park.



CASTLE TRAIL (2 km / 1.25 mls)

Dean's Chair

Sets out past the mill ponds and to Dean Jonathan Swift's Chair where he is believed to have composed some of his verses. The trail skirts the arboretum and progresses into the walled garden which is beautifully laid out with lawns, flowering trees, shrubs and a small lily pond. From here you can see the battlements of Gosford Castle.

Lily Pond


BEECHWOOD TRAIL (2.5 km / 1.5 mls)

Mill Ponds

Involving a moderate climb, this trail bisects two mill ponds rich in wildfowl and passes into the forest over Draper's Hill. Continuing through broadleaved woodland it eventually descends into the arboretum and the walled garden. The trail returns to the Wheel car park taking in a view of the Castle before passing the Dean Swift Centre and Restaurant


BOUNDARY TRAIL (6.5 km / 4 mls)


This energetic trail is designed with the physically active person in mind. The boundary trail skirts the arboretum, passes through the walled garden and follows the forest boundary passing Greer's Fort and Crunaght Fort on the way. The woodland cover opens into parkland as the trail returns to the Wheel car park via the red deer enclosure and the heritage poultry collection paddocks.


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