Columbey horse riding trails

Columbey National Park

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Overview

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. 

Where
Columbey National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
8km
Time suggested
3-4 hr
Grade
Medium
What to
bring
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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Current alerts in this area

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/horse-riding-trails/columbey-horse-riding-trails/local-alerts

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Park info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Columbey horse riding trails.

Getting there and parking

Columbey horse riding trails are in Columbey National Park.

To get there from Clarence Town:

  • Head southwest on Queen Street and Clarence Town Road around 4.5km
  • Turn right on Eagleton Road 
  • After 500m turn left into the carpark. 

Local horse riders can also access the park via Cemetery Road. You’ll need to ride your horse along Cemetery Road as there’s no horse float parking. Horse floats can’t be taken through the creek crossing on Pathfinder trail. 

 

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available within the park at the carpark off Eagleton Road. You can also park horse floats at this carpark.

Facilities

  • Creeks along Columbey horse riding trails have fresh water for horses to drink. 
  • You’ll need to bring your own drinking water.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

Horse riding safety

Before you hop on your horse, learn how to keep you and your riding group safe.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

  • 4WD vehicles are permitted on some trails in the park including Pathfinder trail, Shortcut trail and Tower trail.
  • Bushwalking is permitted on all trails in the park except for Horse trail.

Cycling

Mountain biking is permitted on all named management trails in the park except for Horse trail.

Horses

Horse riding is permitted on many marked trails within the park, but is not permitted on Creek trail or Connection trail. Horse trail is a dedicated trail for horse riders only. You can also ride your horse along Cemetery Road to enter the park.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Fishing

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.