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For summer weekends and public holidays all visitors should book in advance to avoid disappointment. Advance booking not required for Annual Pass holders.

Explore Beyond the Trees Avondale
Beyond the Trees Avondale Beyond the Trees Avondale

Forest
Trails

Avondale Forest Park extends well beyond the Seed Café, walled gardens and treetop walk.

Beyond the Trees Avondale Beyond the Trees Avondale

In addition to the above marked trails within Avondale Forest Park there are many other footpaths and accessible forest pathways. Please take care when crossing vehicular roads and be sure to Leave No Trace on your walk.

  • Below the trees

    This short looped walk takes in the route of the treetop walk from the forest floor below.  Starting at the Walled Garden it is an easy route for all the family and is also buggy friendly.

  • River Walk

    The River Walk is the longest and most challenging walk at Avondale with some steep descents and climbs so strong footwear is recommended. However, the effort is rewarded with some magnificent river views and a view of Lovers Lookout from below.

  • Railway Walk

    This is a linear walk from Rathdrum railway station through the woods to Avondale House passing under a viaduct on the way.  It could have been taken by Parnell on his frequent journeys. Locals often take in a looped walk starting in Rathdrum and following the route of the Railway Walk returning from Avondale House by the footpath along the road back into Rathdrum.

  • To the Cairn walk

    Along this walk you will pass through the remaining experimental plots of trees which were planted during the Great Tree Experiment in the early 20th century as well as a grove of mighty Sequoia (Giant Redwoods) trees.

  • Multi-accessloop

    The multi access loop is suitable for wheelchairs, buggies and is age friendly with benches along the way to sit and rest. It goes through some of the experimental plots before crossing the Great Ride and heading back towards Avondale House.

  • Pedestrian access from Rathdrum

    This route follows the footpath along the L2149 road from Avondale to Rathdrum or Rathdrum to Avondale. It is linked to the village and the railway station entirely on footpaths.

  • Family cycle trail

    The family cycle trail is on the forest road network, it starts and finishes close to the car park, along the way you will encounter one short section that is a steep decline, please ensure you control your speed here or dismount and push your bike instead. Along the way you will be going through all the different types of forest Avondale has to offer, you will also get a glimpse of the tree top walk above you. Please make sure to wear your cycle helmet as you would on a normal road.

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