There are few locations that could rival the beauty and tranquillity of Oak Park Forest Park. Ideal for leisurely strolls and walks, a visit here is a relaxing and pleasurable experience and a must for any visitor to Carlow Town. There are colour-coded circular walkways of varying lengths with excellent accessible surfaces and easy gradients.
The park is a mature, mixed-species woodland of about 50 hectares, with a predominance of beech, oak, Scots pine, silver fir, larch and sycamore. The proximity of the walkways to the extensive collection of ferns, mosses and woodland flora provides the visitor with an ideal opportunity to interact with nature. Boasting a rich diversity of wildlife, the lakes and their surrounds provide a habitat for swans and ducks, while the islands shelter many wild and game birds.
The Woodland Walks have been laid out to encompass the broadest range of natural features. Extending over 4km, they include Butlers Wood Loop (700m), the Lake Path (800m), Fox Covert Track (1100m) and Sally Island Trail (1700m). All the walks are wheelchair accessible.
Situated on the outskirts of town, the park is an oasis of tranquillity and a popular destination for walking and educational visits. The park also features a picnic area, informal leisure areas and seating at regular intervals.
Entrance to Forest Park is from the Local Road, Oak Park to Ballaghmoon, which can be accessed via Greenacres Cross ( N9 ) to Knocknagee Cross.