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Columbey horse riding trails

Columbey National Park

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Horse ride, mountain bike, or bushwalk along Columbey horse riding trails, near Clarence Town in the northern Hunter region. There’s something for all riders on this 8km network of shared forest trails. 

No wheelchair access
Time suggested
3-4 hr
What to
Drinking water, suitable clothing, first aid kit, sunscreen
Please note
  • Most trails in Columbey National Park are shared-use. Horse trail, in the north of the park, is a dedicated trail for horse riders only.
  • Drivers please watch out for horse riders, cyclists, and bushwalkers. 
  • Cyclists please give way to horse riders and bushwalkers. 
  • Please read the code of practice for horse riding in parks before you set out.

Columbey horse riding trails are a network of shared fire trails that loop through peaceful spotted gum and iron bark forest in Columbey National Park. 

Perfect for beginner and intermediate horse riders, be aware that many trails in the park are shared with cyclists, bushwalkers and 4WD vehicles. If you prefer to have the place to yourself, head for the horse riding-only Horse trail, between Pathfinder trail and Wallaroo Creek trail. 

It’s generally easy riding, as you meander through open woodland and along creeks. There’s a fun creek crossing at the Cemetery Road end of Pathfinder trail. For more of a challenging ride, climb the short but steep Tower Hill. 

Stop for a picnic lunch while your horses quench their thirst with the fresh creek water. There’s plenty of wildlife here, so keep an eye out for koalas, swamp wallabies and birds flitting amongst the trees. Colourful wildflowers are an added drawcard in spring, but Columbey National Park is great to visit all year round. 

You can learn more about the park’s animals and plants at the information shelter on Eagleton Road.


For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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