Lead, zinc, copper, sulphide and barites have been mined in this area since Roman times – Silvermines village is named after a former silver mining site. To the south of the Silvermines Mountains is the highest peak in the mountains, Keeper Hill which rises to 695m and dominates the area.
The village marks the end-point of the waymarked Slieve Felim Way which starts 30km away in Murroe, Co Limerick. Knockanroe Wood Loop explores the Coolyhorney area, overlaps with the Way for a short period. It is 4.5km long, of moderate difficulty and should take 1.5-2 hours to complete.