Hikes generally either start or end in the south or west of the park, where the Black River Gorges Visitors Centre also provides maps and information; a basic map is available from the centre in Petrin, but for more challenging treks, using a guide is recommended, or pick up a copy of Philip LaHouse’s Mountains and Trails – Trails in the Black River Gorges, which highlights fifteen of the area’s best hikes in detail.
Hikes are best undertaken in the cooler and drier winter months, from June to September – there are also fewer mosquitos in the winter, making trekking much more bearable. If you choose to hike in summer, paths can be very slippery, so take shoes or boots with good grip, plenty of water and insect repellent.
Some of the trails can be very steep and challenging, so plan ahead according to your own fitness levels and the temperatures. Certain trails run past the Black River at different points, where you can take a soak to cool off, or at least get your wrists and ankles wet; remember to re-apply insect repellent afterwards.
Our Spin There are routes available for all ability and age levels, with some of the more-gentle trails OK for families and the less-fit too.