Stepping in the right direction for Minyon visitors
THE SPECTACULAR sight of Minyon Falls will be etched in the memories of many more people following a $64,000 walking trail upgrade in Nightcap National Park.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger Brian McLachlan said about 1.5km of the scenic 8km trail had been upgraded by installing hundreds of steps.
"The Minyon loop is a popular walking track; it's easily the most popular walking track in the Northern Rivers," he said.
"National Parks have wanted to work on the track for at least 10 years or so and we finally got some money to do the work."
Mr McLachlan said erosion of the walking track was a major problem.
"In the upgrading works we have put in several hundred steps to address the soil-erosion issues and also make it a lot safer for the visitors coming to the area."
"Less able-bodied people and more children will now be able to do this spectacular walk to the base of Minyon Falls."
National Parks contracted a Tasmanian company that specialises in constructing environmentally sensitive walking trails in National Parks for the project.
Mr McLachlan said the upgrade was a challenging job that took two months to complete.
"A helicopter was needed to deliver the gravel and timber for the project into gaps in the forest canopy."
Beginning at either Minyon Grass or Minyon Falls picnic area, the Minyon loop takes you through changing vegetation to the base of the falls and along the escarpment edge.
For people only wanting to walk to the base of Minyon falls, the walk begins at Minyon Grass and is a four-kilometre return walk taking about two hours.