Curraghchase Forest Park is the woodland estate and lakes around the shell of the 18th century Curraghchase House, in County Limerick. It was the home of poet and author Aubrey de Vere who was born there in 1814. It is now open as a state forest and park. For the nature lover, there are a number of Special Areas of Conservation in the park, largely due to the presence of the Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros). The hawfinch, a rare bird on Irish soils has frequently been seen at Curragh Chase, this bird appreciates the many hornbeam trees to be found within the Park. Coillte is currently involved in restoring native woodlands within important pockets in the park, including a native Yew woodland. Ducks and an array of waterfowl live and waddle in the area on and around the lake.There is ample to do and see at Curraghchase for all ages.
The forest park has two extensive playgrounds in the Park.
The de Vere’s put together an extensive and wonderful collection of trees and shrubs from all over the world. Whilst exploring the arboretum area, keep an eye out for the pet cemetery.
There are lots of picnic tables and BBQ stands to use at the main car parking area.
A permanent orienteering course has been laid out in Curragh Chase with controls spread out across the Park. This is a great way to see Curragh Chase while keeping fit and honing your navigation skills.
Caravan & Camping
Curragh Chase Caravan & Camp site is located within the Park.
For more information on Curraghchase Forest Park, click on: http://www.curraghchase.info/