Walking & Cycling Omagh
Gortin Glen Forest Park is situated 6 miles outside Omagh at the western gateway to the Sperrin Mountains. The Park was first opened in 1967 and embraces some 1534 hectares of ground. It has the distinction of being the first to be established in purely coniferous woodland, which was originally planted for the sole purpose of timber production.
A range of trails starts from the finger post in the main car park. They give the visitor the chance to enjoy the Park's natural flora and fauna at its best. All the trails are colour coded and return to the car park.
NATURE TRAIL (2 Km/1.25mls)
This educational trail provides interest for the whole family by taking in a range and variety of habitats. Information points along the way give a broad insight into the nature of Gortin Glen and the surrounding countryside.
POLLAN TRAIL (2Km/1.25mls)
This pleasant and rewarding trail follows up the course of the Pollan Burn as it tumbles down the mountainside. Stop, for a few minutes at the waterfall and enjoy the beauty that centuries of water have carved in the solid rock. Continue on through the forests of Lodgepole pine and Sitka spruce before returning to the car park through Japanese larch planted in1940.
LADIES VIEW TRAIL (3.5km/2.25mls)
This strenuous but rewarding trail provides an excellent walk for those who enjoy exercise. The route rises to its highest point at 350 meters to give a superb view of the surrounding countryside. A brass plate pointing out prominent landscape features has been provided. The path then leads back to the car park through diverse conifer woodland
Shorter informal walks are possible around the Forest Park.
There are three mountain bike trails situated in the northern section of the forest above the Glenpark Road. The Trails are graded from Basic to Moderate to the Off-Road, which is suitable for experienced cyclists only.
Please make sure you are aware of the personal safety requirements posted at the commencement of the trails.
Opening Hours: The Forest Park is open every day of the year from 10.00am until sunset.
Cars £3.00, Minibus £8.00, Coaches £25.00, (coaches are not permitted on the drive), Motorcycles £2.00, Walk In Charge Adult £1.00, Children £0.50.