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Blackwater Tall Trees Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open

Blackwater Arboretum and Tall Trees Trail Map


Trail description

Beginning and ending at either Blackwater or BrPEOPLE WALKING ALONG THE TALL TREES TRAIL IN RHINEFIELD. NEW FOREST FPock Hill car parks the Tall Trees trail takes you on a leisurely stroll under majestic conifers.

Refresh your body, mind and spirit with a walk in the forest. The Tall Trees trail is perfect for a winter walk.

Download our free walking map for the Tall Trees trail.

Discover the remarkable firs and redwoods that were planted in the late 1850s to create the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

Walking the circular ‘Tall Trees Trail’ will take you through an impressive section of the drive amongst towering Douglas fir and mighty redwoods.
The Tall Trees Trail is roughly 1.5 miles in length.

The path is a flat and fairly smooth gravelled surface with frequent resting places and no gates.

To start the trail from Blackwater car park, go under the carved oak archway and cross over the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.  The trail starts a short distance up the gravel track on your right. 

A long the trail you will encounter the biggest trees in the New Forest – the giant Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). SPRING. BEDGEBURY PINETUM, also known as the Wellingtonia. The giant sequoia tree can grow to be the largest living thing on earth.

Continue along the trail and keep your eyes open for roe deer. Roe deer are native to the New Forest and often seen in the beech woodland on your left. Eventually you will reach Brock Hill car park.

To continue following the trail you need to cross back over the road. Now you will be heading back down the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive towards Blackwater car park on the opposite side of the road.

Many of the trees you will have marvelled at along the trail are Douglas fir trees.  They have extremely thick corky bark that helps protect them from fire and insect damage – just like the coast redwood trees. Douglas fir trees are very valuable as a timber tree, as their wood is very hard and durable.

Although native to North America, this tree grows very well in Great Britain.  The Douglas firs you'll see today are the tallest trees of this species in England.

DOUGLAS FIR CONES. CLOSE UPWe hope you have enjoyed the trail, if you still have time visit Blackwater arboretum. It is situated across the road from this car park.

Tall Trees Trail podcast

Take your very own 'ranger' out in the New Forest by downloading the Tall Trees podcast for your MP3 player by clicking here

If you have any questions about the suitability of any of these trails for your specific needs or about the accessibility of the wider Forest please contact the Forestry Commission's rangers on 0300 067 4657

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely peaceful walk among some majestic trees. Took about an hour without rushing. The Arboretum is excellent as well. The new sculptures are lovely but spoilt by the red and white tape - if it is only there because of the recent oiling then small signs to that effect would be much better.

Tim W, 17/May/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic - one of the Giant Sequoia is the tallestin the U.K. according to

Paul, 16/Oct/2015

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Parking is either at Brock Hill car park or Blackwater car park. Both are off the Rhinefield Drive
  • Picnic
  • Ther are pcinic benches in Blackwater car park and inthe Abroretum.
  • Trail (easy)
  • The path is a fairly smooth gravelled surface and flat with frequent resting places and no gates.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets are situated in Blackwater car park
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU 268 047

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