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Tardree Forest, Antrim

Badger Rating 3.5/5
Lots of mature singletrack through the trees, and plenty of fire-road options. Great when dry. Very enjoyable for a few hours, with flowing loops possible once you get to know the forest.

Getting There

North of Parkgate 6 miles, on the Connor Road. Parkgate is accessible off the M2 Templepatrick roundabout. Park in Duncan's Carpark on the Connor to Parkgate Road.

Trail Description

A good selection of forest tracks on both sides of the road with lots of single track and downhill sections throughout the forest. 

The forest is renowned for being wet, muddy and rooty most of the time, and whilst this is fair comment, there is plenty of gradient to keep you moving and interested, and lots of fun to be had.

Many regular users at weekends. A group of local bikers meet most Sundays throughout the year in Duncan's Carpark around 8 to 8:30am, but a steady stream of bikers visits the forest at all times.

Be careful as the area on the car park side is a popular place for families / walkers, so safety and courtesy are of the utmost importance.

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Tardree singletrack trails map


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  • Was up there a few days ago and the boys on motocross have properly destroyed the place. Not a single trail where you can actually keep to feet on the pedals. The whole time I spent just walking alongside my bike. Would not recommend, far better going the extra distance to Davagh for the day
  • The dirt bikers have destroyed the place over the winter.
    Chris Scarlett
    Davy Gualt
  • Couple decent trails, technical in places, not too much climbing. Good spot for a couple hours.
  • And again
  • Oops meant to put iin four badgers there
  • Some great short trails but link them together with fireroads and you have a good bit of riding. Print out the trail map to help find the trails. A great wee spot for a few hours fun, also got some jumps
  • Will be there on feb 3rd at circa 2 oclock for some riding after exams
  • fantastic fun for easy riding with a friend
  • Actually there is quite a good trail near the top of duncan's side with berms and a drop and all, and the top is awesome. some pretty techy stuff that goes onto the road opposite the carpark and the old fort bill trail is class.
  • The damned MXers have destroyed it again. death valley at the top is the best trail in my opinion.
  • whats other night creatures are you talking about (Edit: please read the Antrim Guardian for regular updates!)
  • some fantastic new trails have been developed on the tardree side in feb 08, and they really spice up once again what has always been a great forest for a blast.
  • The area round the trig (antrim side)is trashed at the minute cos of rain, 4wd's and forest clearance. bring your bog snorkel.
  • Good for a couple of hours - watch out for the slippery roots once you get among the trees (not the ones in the carpark although they need watching too!. Agree with PJ that best run (boneshaker) has beeen lost but still worth a visit if your local.
  • Not bad if you're local, but I wouldn't travel too far to break my Tardree virginity. Saying that, judging by the parking facilities for dog"walk"ers, some people disagree.
    Not a patch on Scotland but good for a 2 hour blast, some good technical, but short runs. Truly a million miles from 7 Stanes, but if you enjoy Tardree for what it is, then get your little pedals over to Scotland.
  • There's variety of short runs packed into such a small forest. Linking them together is a 'work in progess'. Can be very muddy in places.
  • TD has plenty of scope, great open fire roads to learn, nice single tracks on both sides with some technical sections, some jumps, few drop offs with chicken runs, very rooty and deep ruts, slipy when wet, faster when dry - worth a vist.
  • A fine spot with some sweet sections of singletrack. Needs a bit of development to link trails together but worth a visit if you want out for a couple of hours. Not a bad spot for night riding.
  • Some great short singletrack, scattered throughout Tardree. Has great potential for some new trails. Has suffered recently from deforestation and the loss of one of my favourite runs nicknamed "The Boneshaker"
  • Fantastic technical riding in a compact forest. No really long runs but a good venue for a fun afternoon on the bike.
  • Tardree is great for a couple of hours. Is especially good when it dries out, although there are only a couple of long runs. Lots of bits of singletrack all over the place though.

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.