Starting from the Franklin River Picnic Area just off Lyell Highway, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit through mossy rainforest via the Franklin River Nature Trail. Meandering through lush temperate rainforest populated with myrtle and sassafras trees, the trail passes two rivers, the Franklin River and the Surprise River. Enjoy the relaxing moss-covered scenery, with abundant bird life, diverse fungi and the constant sounds of water rushing by. In addition to the beautiful trail, barbeque and toilet facilities are also available near the main carpark. The path is well-maintained and relatively flat, with extensive stretches of boardwalk overlooking the water. Along the walk you will find interpretation signs that detail some of the many values of this magnificent region. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.