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Oakpark Loop
Carlow Town, Co. Carlow
Dog friendly
Family friendly
Free car parking
Free to visit
Oak Park Forest Park is part of former Oak Park estate, which was the home of the Bruen Family from 1775 to 1957. In 1960 the estate was divided among many small holders and the Agricultural Institute. Today, Teagasc (the Agriculture and Food Development Authority) has its headquarters here, carrying out research, training and advisory services to the agricultural sector. A considerable portion of the park is established woodland and Teagasc has given 127 acres of forestry parkland as a recreational, community and amenity facility - open for the public to explore and enjoy.

Four short walks have been developed in the park with informal leisure areas, picnic sites and viewing facilities of the lakes. A 1.5km ‘wheelway’, capturing the amenity of the Lake, Picnic and Butlers Wood beauty spots, gives access to wheelchair users. This Oak Park loop incorporates all four short walks.

A-B. Starting from the mapboard at the car park, follow the purple arrow on to the boardwalk. Continue for 150m to reach a sandy roadway where you turn right following the purple arrow and signpost for Butler’s Wood Walk. After 30m the Butler’s Wood Walk turns right onto a boardwalk - you continue straight here. Approximately 100m farther on another boardwalk on the left marks the start of the Lake Walk.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Dogs allowed:
    Time:1.5 hours
    Nearest town start:Carlow Town
    Nearest town finish:Carlow Town
    Start point:Oak Park Forest Park car park
    Finish point:Oak Park Forest Park car park
    Waymarking:Purple arrow on yellow background
    Facilities:Car park
Contact details
Co Carlow
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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