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Hike the Corn Trail in Monga NP

Monga, New South Wales



9.3 miles

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Added by Jacqui Styles

Walk the historic Corn Trail which follows the route used by early settlers and their pack horses in the 1830's as they traded produce, mainly corn grown in the fertile valley, with their neighbours on the southern tablelands.

I highly recommended you walk the trail from top to bottom, arranging to leave your vehicle or to be picked up from the bottom carpark on No Name Mountain Rd. (Its a killer walk the other way!) Allow a minimum of 5 - 6hrs depending on your fitness. There are 2 starting points for the Corn Trail, this one and one at the top of the Clyde Mountain. If walking from the top, the 2 trails merge at around the 1.8km point. 

Starting at the Dasyurus picnic area (800m elevation) located a couple of kilometers off the Kings Highway down River Forest Road. There's a pit toilet, fire pit and picnic table to help you get started. The sign posted trail head leads off to the right. You'll have to kick your shoes off to cross the shallow Mongarlowe river at the very start before rising to 850m over the first 3.5km. From there the track drops, quite quickly in some places, to 230m and meets the Buckenbowra River. A beautiful section of the trail, untouched rainforest as the valleys were too steep to log. Feels almost Jurassic with magnificent ferns towering overhead. Here the trail is marked with several guide posts, as one could imagine that without them the trail could quite easily be lost.

Rising out of the valley the track follows the spur with great views across to adjoining ridges. In the distance on a clear day you'll be able to see Pigeon House Mountain and The Castle as you walk along the well drained dry ridge lines, passing plenty of grass trees and coral heath flower. Then a final decline where you'll have to rock hop your way across the Buckenbowra River again twice before arriving at the bottom of the trail (130m elevation) where our car awaits.

As the weather in these environments can change quickly, you should also carry warm and waterproof clothing. The top of the trail which is 800 meters above sea level can often be misty.  

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