This site is an area of old woodland with much of ecological interest at whatever time of year you visit. It is different at every season. An interesting time for a visit would be early May, when so much of the woodland floor is a blue haze of bluebells.
The summit of Knockbarron dominates the landscape of moraine and esker north of Kinnity, separated from the Slieve Bloom foothills by the valley of the Camcor river. In the woods at Knockbarron, you have one of the finest examples of an esker system i.e. a long narrow winding ridge of sand or gravel, deposited by a stream flowing under a glacier.
A Slieve Bloom Eco-Walk is a feature of this site and the flora and fauna are especially diverse on this walk.
At the foot of Knockbarron, on a gravel ridge, are the medieval remains of St Bairrfhionn’s church of the holly ridge- drom chuilinn ( Drumcullen). The construction in the early 13th century of a Norman mote and bailey beside the church above the river Camcor attests to the political and strategic significance of the site in medieval times.
In Kinnity take the Rath / Kilcormack road which is directly in front of the Catholic church. Continue out this road for 2.2km. You will see Knockbarron Wood in front of you at the cross roads, take a right turn. There is a sign here indicating the start of the Knockbarron Eco Walk. Continue down this road for a further 1km to reach a car park.
Things to do
Walk: The wood has a looped Eco walk which is waymarked and starts and end in the car park. The Knockbarron Eco Walk (5kms, 1 ½ hrs, moderate) the trail uses forest roads and hiking trails through the forest with 10 ECO stops along the way.