SEVERAL popular driving trails in the Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area will be temporarily closed from June 1.
The Barrington Trail (north and south), Paddys Ridge Trail, Butchers Swamp Trail, Thunderbolts Trail, Tugalow Trail and Bullock Brush Trail will all be closed from the start of winter until October 1.
The temporary closures mean that there is no vehicle access to Little Murray, Junction Pools and Gummi Falls camping areas during winter.
National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager Anthony Signor said in accordance with the plan of management for the park, the trails were closed annually during winter as a safety precaution.
“These 4WD trails get particularly wet and slippery during winter months and with the cold, short days, they do not dry out,” he said.
“In addition, variable trail conditions combined with sudden changes in weather creates the potential for people to become stranded in these remoter areas of the park.
“Winter is a fabulous time to visit Barrington Tops and many popular areas are still open for exploring.
“However, visitors planning a trip are warned to be prepared for changing weather conditions, let someone know their plans before travelling and be aware that mobile phone coverage is patchy.
“The main road from Gloucester to Scone remains open, but motorists are advised to drive to conditions and travel with care.”
For further information contact the National Parks Gloucester office on 6538 5300.