Watagans State Forest Scenic Trail Walks

Watagans State Forest offers the perfect place to get away from it all and explore Australia’s native plants and wildlife. Just 30 Minutes from Cessnock it offers several well defined walking trails.

Watagans State Forest

Boarding House Dam

This is an easy 20 minute walk passing through cool gully rainforest and features a 110 metre long moss covered rock wall and unusual sculptured rock formations in the creek. 


Heaton, McLeans and Hunter Lookouts

  • Heaton 750m offers an easy 10-20 minute loop walk.
  • Heaton Circle is a medium 2.5km walk
  • Watagan Trail is an 8km one way hard walk track from Heaton to McLeans Lookout, taking in some of the best forest scenery in the Watagans]


Gap Creek 

This is a medium to hard 1 hour walk taking in a spectacular waterfall as well as strangler figs, sandpaper figs, red cedar trees and large Illawara Flame Trees.


The Pines 

  • Pines trail offers a 30 minutes easy walk.
  • Wildflower Trail offers an easy 45 minute walk
  • Abbotts Falls is a hard 8km walk lasting 5 hours

All walks start at The Pines Camping Area. Aboriginal axe grinding can be viewed from the Pines trail. The Wildflower Trail boasts lovely wildflowers most of the year whilst the more difficult Abbotts Falls Trails winds its way through different forest environments to Dora Creek.


Muirs Lookout 

A 1 hour medium walk passes through Blackbutt regrowth, highlighting forest management techniques used in the Watagans.


Keep In Mind: 

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Drinking water is not available in this area so it’s a good idea to bring your own
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park