Columbey National Park is a small park, located 25km north-west of Raymond Terrace, NSW., AU. The park has a number of trails that criss-cross the park and is used primarily for trail bike riding and horse riding. However, there are some really fabulous trails in the park, passing through gorgeous forest inhabited by wallabies, koalas and birds such as the endangered swift parrott and regent honeyeater.
Columbey National Park at a glance
Duration: 2 1/2 hours to 3 1/2 hours
Track: Combination of fire trails (unsealed) and single horse trails.
Start: Eagleton Forest Road, Clarencetown
Finish: Eagleton Forest Road, Clarencetown
Nearby trails: Hunter Wetlands National Park
Bookings/Permits: Not required
Other information: No picnic or toilet facilities available. Car parking off Eagleton Forest Road. The park is used by trail bike riders and horse riders, caution is advised.
Information on how walking trails are graded can be found here.
There are heaps of options for exploring Columbey National Park, with many horse trails and forest trails to choose from.
Tower trail will take you to the highest point of the forest and allows views (through the trees) across the valley.
Eastern Trail is a little more rugged, single track which can be pretty muddy when wet.
Pathfinder Trail and Shortcut Trail are 4WD tracks.
Mobile phone reception in the area can be patchy, so ensure that you tell someone where you are going and what time you’ll be returning.
The 9km hike
We chose a varied route, taking in horse trails and 4WD tracks. Starting at the carpark on Eagleton Road, following Shortcut Trail, Tower Trail, Pathfinder Trail and looping back along part of Eastern Trail.
Eastern Trail was pretty wet when we visited after rain earlier in the week, forcing us to take an alternative route back to Tower Trail.
The entire trail was exactly 9km from the car park on Eagleton Road and return.
We spent many weekends and summer holidays exploring ‘The Lakes’ when I was in primary school. But it has only been in the last few months that we have found