The Trail Map:- OSI Map Series 25
Union wood is a large area of mixed forestry located between Coolooney, Ballygawley and Ballisodare and provides a wonderful amenity for Sligo. The wood provides a range of walking opportunities through diverse woodland as well as access to Union Rock and its wonderful panorama of the North West of Ireland. There are two waymarked looped walks within Union wood in addition to the Sligo Way long distance waymarked route.
The Oakwood Trail – A gentle looped walk along the edge of the old oak woodland, the Oakwood Trail is looked after by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Walkers will enjoy stunning views of the Ox mountain range, Knocknarea, Ballygawley Lake and the surrounding Sligo and Leitrim countryside on the easy and peaceful route.
Union Rock Trail – A more strenuous looped walk. The start of this trail takes the walker through an area managed for its biodiversity. The trail provides access to Union Rock which necessitates a climb, but the effort will be rewarded with an excellent view of the surrounding countryside.
Did you know?
Formerly part of the Cooper Estate, Union Wood is populated with fallow deer, bluebells and rhododendrons. Its boundaries enclose a section of the Sligo Way which runs through Slish Wood and on to the village of Dromahair. This section of the Sligo Way is 4.5km, with an average walking time of 1.5 hours over a moderate gradient.
*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit www.coillteoutdoors.ie