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Explore Blackwater Car Park and Arboretum
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

This is the best place to experience the majestic Douglas firs and redwoods of the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. FAMILY AT BLACKWATER PICNIC AREA. NEW FOREST FP

You will find some of the tallest and oldest Douglas fir trees in Britain to wonder at as you stroll along the Tall Trees Trail.

Have a go at guessing just how tall these famous trees of the New Forest really are from this shady spot. Walk the Tall Trees Trail, take a picnic and wonder at the majesty of two enormous redwoods visible from the path.

Stroll around the Sensory Trail and really experience trees from around the world in the Blackwater Arboretum.

Click on the links below to find out about the waymarked trails from this car park.

A Sense of Place

Inspired by the tree collection at this special place, sculptor, Richard Austin, is creating a new sculpture trail that will complement the setting. To read our Forest Diary article on the sculptures please click here.

 

Blackwater Sensory Trail

The sensory trail at Blackwater in the New Forest encourages people to use their senses to discover the many different smells, textures and sounds of these trees.

Blackwater Tall Trees Trail

 You can begin and end the Tall Trees Trail at either Blackwater or Brock Hill car park. The trail takes you on a leisurely stroll under majestic conifers planted in 1859 when it was the vogue to grow exotic trees.

Barbecues


If you are interested in booking one of our barbecue sites or using your own, please visit our barbecue page by clicking on the link above for further information.

 

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

A wonderful scenic place to visit with lots of opportunities to photograph this beautiful part of the New Forest. A further delight is the River Blackwater trail which was not listed anywhere in the car park. Although not accessible for the disabled this trail was a lovely way to finish my visit.

Peter Barton, 2/Jul/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

I took a group of 32 members to the trail today 15/10/2017. The autumn scenery has different atmosphere when comparing with our last visit in spring time. We like the trail but the entrance of Black Water car park needs some attention.

Andy Lai from Chinese Association of Southampton , 15/Oct/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Visited again yesterday with our dogs. Wonderful to relive memories and the tree walks of my childhood.

Revived my spirit in all that green, and such power from those silent giants. Loved it and will be back soon to explore.

Helen Jellett, 7/Oct/2017
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Last updated: 30th June 2018

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  • The sensory trail at Blackwater in the New Forest encourages people to use their senses to discover the many different smells, textures and sounds of these trees.
    The Tall Trees trail takes you on a leisurely stroll under majestic conifers planted in 1859 when it was the vogue to grow exotic trees.
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  • The toilets are situated in Blackwater car park.

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OS Grid ref: SU 268 047

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