The Regional Park, Ballincollig is located on the South bank of the River Lee and much of it lies on the river’s floodplain. The Regional Park itself comprises the now defunct Gunpowder Mills complex and the networks of sluices and canals installed in the grounds and used in the manufacturing process of the Gunpowder still remain today along with most of the original buildings.
The location of the Park on a floodplain on the banks of the River Lee and its internal watercourses mean that wet woodlands and wet habitats are a feature of the park and form an important part of its natural character.
Facilities include vast open Grass areas, soccer and rugby pitches, woodland, playground & Multi Use games areas ( will be complete April
2015). In 2007 a skate park was constructed by Cork County Council and in 2011 outdoor fitness equipment (tone-zones) was installed at the Western end of the
park. The variety of attractions within the park means that there is currently a significant degree of usage by a cross section of the community. Home to one of the top largest of Cork Playgrounds it is a very popular spot with families.
There are marked walking trails, see pdf map. The trails consist of four looped walks,
colour-coded according to length, which take place within and around the
Regional Park, Ballincollig which was once home to a major gunpowder works. The
Military Trail begins at the Shopping Centre Square and continues to the
Regional Park by a westerly route. Three other trails of varying lengths begin
and end at the western end of the park at the Inniscarra Bridge. All walks are
multi-access and dogson leads are permitted on the trails.
January & February open daily 9am – 5pm
March & October open daily 9am – 6pm
April, May & September open daily 9am – 8pm
June, July & August open daily 9am – 9pm
November & December open daily 9am – 5pm
Admission is free.