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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Weekdays

Monday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Tuesday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Wednesday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Thursday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Friday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk

Weekends

Saturday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Sunday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk

How to find us

How to find us
Ornamental Drive, Lyndhurst
Sat Nav Postcode: SO43 7QB
By Car

From Lyndhurst take the A35 towards Christchurch.  After 2 miles turn left into the Rhinefield Drive. Blackwater car park is located on the left hand side, approximately half a mile along the Drive.

OS Grid Ref
SU 268 047

50.841015391579, -1.6210560722137

Parking and prices

Advanced notice: Blackwater car park and toilets will be closed for one day on Tues 3 November.

There isn’t a charge to park at this site, we welcome a donation of £3 per visit.

Please park only in designated car parks, not on a verge or in gateways.

Please lock your car, taking any valuables with you and leave by dusk.

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Not accessible to coaches, nearest coach parking is Whitefield Moor.

Facilities and access

No BBQs are allowed to help prevent forest fires. The toilets are open, with adapted external locks to allow them to be used on a one-in-one-out basis. 

Please don't leave your litter next to the bin, even if it’s neatly bagged up, as it poses a real threat for the wildlife and ponies that roam freely across the New Forest.

If this car park is full, drive on to the next one at Whitefield Moor, do not park on the verges or block gateways.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4601
Out Of Hours Number
0300 067 4600

Discover a tree collection from around the world in the New Forest

Blackwater arboretum is an idyllic setting with a stunning variety of beautiful trees from around the world. Inspired by the tree collection at this special place, a sensory sculpture trail complements the setting.

Explore Blackwater on two wheels by following the New Forest’s great network of cycle trails.

To help prevent dangerous forest fires, this is a no BBQ and fire zoneBBQs and campfires are not permitted in our car parks or other areas of the forest managed by Forestry England and all BBQ facilities have been removed.

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails
  • Cycling trail
  • No Barbecues or fires zone
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Toilets
  • Caring for the Forest
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