The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open to you for local outdoor recreation and exercise - read our coronavirus guidance.
Some facilities are closed at this site, please refer to visitor information for details.
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

BBQ facilities are closed, 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. 

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

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

We’re removing some trees from this area of woodland, this is essential thinning to give remaining trees more space to grow. Public safety is our main priority, so we ask people to follow safety signage and not enter the areas where machinery is working. 

Blackwater arboretum remains open, it's an idyllic and peaceful place, and has 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.

 

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails
  • Cycling trails
  • Barbecues are not allowed
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Toilets
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