The Forestry Corporation of NSW is reminding visitors to play by the rules and respect other forest users while enjoying NSW State Forests this summer.
You can camp for free in NSW State forests, and dogs are welcome.
Many State forests have dedicated bushwalking tracks and you can also walk on fire trails, while some forests also have mountain bike tracks that are managed by local clubs under permit.
Horse riding is allowed on roads and fire trails in State forests.
Four-wheel driving and trail-bike riding are permitted on formed roads and fire trails in State forests. Vehicles must be registered and drivers and riders must be licenced.
Many State forests have fireplaces for barbecues and great spots to enjoy a picnic – but fire bans may apply.
Forestry Corporation’s tourism and partnerships manager Louise Faulkner encouraged visitors to explore their local State forests over summer.
“With more than two million hectares of State forests, there are plenty of unique places for visitors to explore,” Ms Faulkner said.
“State forests are home to thousands of kilometres of roads and trails for four wheel driving, mountain biking, trail biking, horse riding and bush walking and plenty of areas where you can bring the family – including the dog – and picnic or camp for free.
“We want everyone to have a great time exploring State forests over summer and remind visitors to play by the rules and respect other forest users while enjoying the forest.
“To help everyone have an enjoyable forest experience, please avoid excessive noise late at night and early in the morning in shared camping areas, take care to observe fire bans and, when fires are permitted, make sure you fully extinguish your campfire and remember that normal road rules apply in State forests.
"With spectacular scenery and unique visitor destinations, State forests are the place to visit for a unique outdoor experience I encourage anyone who hasn’t paid a visit to their local State forest to do so and enjoy the best nature has to offer.”
For more information, visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au.