Gortin Glen Forest Park, at the western gateway to the Sperrins and almost 10 kilometres north of Omagh, offers a variety of recreational activities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers and even horse-riders.
Gortin was the first forest park in Northern Ireland to be established in a coniferous plantation woodland and was opened to the public in 1967.
The forest covers over 1,500 hectares and includes a number of colour-coded trails, all starting from and leading back to the main car park. The trails vary in length and degree of difficulty but all give walkers the chance to enjoy the park’s natural flora and fauna at their best. Outdoor NI has more information about the routes on its website. Those with mobility issues can enjoy an 8-kilometre scenic drive through the park, experiencing the full beauty of this wonderful landscape.
An imaginative wooden play sculpture, inspired by the glen’s steep topography, offers exciting opportunities for children to explore and play. The centrepiece is surrounded by a wheelchair-friendly boardwalk, bridge and auditorium.
The park is open daily from 10am until sunset and there are car-parking charges. There are camping and BBQ facilities on site.