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05 December 2011

A number of our forests are completely closed to everyone due to a tree disease affecting larch trees, and this has necessitated urgent and widespread clearing of trees by Forest Service. 

Please respect the signs and stay out of the following forests, as going in and then riding somewhere else can easily spread the disease and require more forest clearing.  The disease is already very difficult to control, so do not make matters worse.

  • Moneyscalp Forest
  • Glenarm Forest
  • Glanariff Forest
  • Tievenadarragh Forest
  • Woodburn Forest
  • Ballyboley Forest

This is a problem that will affect these areas for some years to come, as the disease is a fungus, the spores of which live on for years in the needles on the ground, long after felling and clearing. For more information, contact Forest Service or

See The Forest Service website or NIDirect press release for more info.

NOTE: The trails on this site have been ridden before, but you should not interpret their inclusion as an indication that mountain-biking is officially sanctioned on them. Seeking permission from landowners is your own responsibility, as is conducting yourself in a manner that is courteous, respectful to the environment, and conscious of the safety of others.