Cwmcarn Forest Drive

The Cwmcarn forest provides seven miles of beautiful forest scenery with magnificent views of of the surrounding counties of Wales and England.

The drive lies within the 4,000 hectare Ebbw forest and is ideal for a family day out.

There are 7 car parks on the route where you can stop for a picnic /barbeque or enjoy a refreshing walk and take in the views.

Mountain biking is also a popular activity along the "Twrch"trail, a 15.5km track with swooping descents and testing climbs.there is a visitor centre with a coffee shop and gift shop which stocks local handicrafts and souvenirs.There is also a caravan park with about 30 spaces for caravans/tents with electric hook ups.



Cwmcarn Forest Drive and Visitor Centre offer something for all the family. The Centre is run by Caerphilly County Council and provides a place to stock up on refreshments and gifts as well as finding out about what you can do in the area. The Forest Drive is seven miles long through beautiful woodlands with staggering views. There are seven themed picnic sites some with play equipment, others with sculptures. There are also walking trails, a fishing lake and an exhilarating single-track mountain bike trail – come and explore.The Forest Drive has seven car parks along its length, each offering something different for the visitor, from sculptures to play areas to BBQ facilities.

Car parking charges now apply throughout the site, £1 for 2 hours, £3 all day.

                                                         Opening times


March 11:00am - 5:00pm

April - August 11:00am - 7:00pm (last entry 6:00pm)

September - October 11:00am - 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm)

November - February 11:00am - 4:00pm (weekends only)




Now FC Wales has completed a number of improvements to the play area beside the visitor centre at the start of the drive.


A new entrance has been added to the car park, allowing easier access to the play area which has been covered with new wood chip to ensure children’s safety.


Children can now relax on a large ”team swing” or get a different perspective on life by trying out the gravity bowl which spins around when sat on.


Also, trees have been cleared to create a “Wizard Walk” in the woods, with sculptures of gnomes, a giant, billy goats and a toadstool circle with a wizard.






Please note that the Forest Drive has now closed for the removal of infected Larch trees.  You can still walk and cycle in the forest and the Visitor Centre is open as normal.