A good base for visit to the Forest Park is the Whinlatter Visitor Centre which contains a shop, excellent cafe and information centre.

Activities based at the Vistor Centre include Walking, Orienteering, Mountain Biking and a Go Ape course. It is also possible to view pictures from the Osprey Nest live video camera from May to August.

Children are well catered for with a good play area containing a unique "forwarder" climbing frame, zip-wire and obstacle course. The Rabbit Run and Foxtrot Trail are paths dedicated to Children where they can learn about various aspects of the Forest. Control cards are available with stickers provided for completion. In addition there are many play and learning activities based from the Vistor Centre.

Also on site is the Cyclewise bike shop offering Cube bike sales, a good range of esential clothing and accessories. Bike hire, instruction and full workshop services are also available. A bike wash is located just up the hill behind the shop.

There is a large pay and display car park and toilets are located behind the Visitor Centre.