National Parks and Wildlife Service releases draft horse-riding plan for Wollemi National Park near Wheeny Creek

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is seeking to formalise and manage horse-riding trails in Wollemi National Park in the area around Wheeny Creek and Mountain Lagoon, and community members are invited to have their say on the proposal.

The NPWS has published a draft management plan that proposes a number of recreational trails in the south-east area of Wollemi National Park - a 28,000-hectare area that was not heavily impacted by last summer's bushfires, according to NPWS.

NPWS has released a draft management plan for horse-riding trails in the Wollemi National Park adjacent to Wheeny Creek and Mountain Lagoon. Picture: Google Maps

NPWS has released a draft management plan for horse-riding trails in the Wollemi National Park adjacent to Wheeny Creek and Mountain Lagoon. Picture: Google Maps

The plan identifies proposed authorised horse riding routes in the park, adjacent to the localities of Mountain Lagoon, Upper Colo, Wheeny Creek, Blaxlands Ridge Road and Kurrajong, and details conditions for horse-riding there.

NPWS Director David Crust said there was "a long history" of horse-riding in the area and under the draft management plan - which seeks to identify authorised horse riding routes and determine their future management - riders would continue to be able to use the area.

"We're proposing to formalise a series of low-impact riding trails that essentially follow existing park management trails," Mr Crust said in a statement.

"Doing so will minimise impacts on threatened species and the conservation values of the area, as well as tie into our existing trail maintenance program.

"The draft plan will ensure we have management arrangements in place to support unique and enjoyable horse-riding opportunities for the community."

Feedback on the Draft Horse Riding Management Plan: South East Wollemi National Park can be made online at bit.ly/3sQJtBf until March 14.