1. Re-route at Knott Hill Reserve (Kuitpo Forest), September 2021

This is a temporary re-route

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Forestry SA advise that logging operations in the Knott Hill Forest Reserve will impact on the Heysen Trail and The Onkeeta Trail. The Onkeeta Trail is completely closed.

The Heysen Trail has been rerouted to pass along the eastern edge of the plantation, using some of the southern sections of the Onkeeta Trail and the eastern sections of the Willunga Basin Trail. Look for reroute markings on these trail posts.

Forestry SA anticipate that logging operations will be complete by the end of October 2021.

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2. Trail closure caused by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, June 2020

This reroute/closure has been removed – the trail through to Cudlee Creek was reopened in April 2021. However Grandpa’s camp remains closed.

Forestry SA has closed access to the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of Cudlee Creek, with the affected section shown on this exclusion zone map.

It covers sections of the following maps:

Heysen Trail Sheet Maps 2B & 2C and
Southern Guidebook Map 3.6.

The exclusion zone commences at the eastern exit of Montacute Conservation Park (Grid Ref 983 377) and concludes when the trail leaves Forestry property at Snake Gully Rd (GR 014 402).

All walkers are advised to avoid the area. Trail closure signs have been erected by Forestry SA.

Unfortunately the excluded area included Grandpa’s campsite.   The campsite has been reopened however the rainwater tank is contaminated with ash. Until it is replaced, the water is not fit for consumption.

4. Temporary Re-Route Around Sampson Flat Fireground, July 2015, Updated August 2017, Suspended 2021

Updated 29 Aug 2017: the temporary re-route has been removed, the trail has been restored to its original alignment, with a small re-route crossing North East Road. The Aug 2017 re-route has been suspended, please refer to the 2021 temporary re-route.

Following the January 2015 Sampson Flat Bushfire the Heysen Trail has been re-marked through the fireground, from Nugget Road to near Kersbrook. A temporary re-route is in place from Chain of Ponds to Kersbook.

6. Reroute of the Heysen Trail near Chain of Ponds where it crosses North East Road, Early 2021

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From early 2021 until June 2021 the route shown in purple is the Heysen Trail in Chain of Ponds crossing North East Road. This re-route is to allow for a roadwork upgrade of the junction of North East Road and South Para Road.

CAUTION: The trail now crosses North East Rd about 50 metres from the crest of a hill which makes for a dangerous road crossing. During the road works, there is a 40 km/h speed limit in place for cars using the road, but nevertheless please be extra cautious when crossing the road.

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7. Reroutes in Mt Crawford forest, August 2020

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The Heysen Trail has been re-routed in Mt Crawford forest in three places:

  1. The main trail (which is the route along the southern then eastern side) has been re-routed off of Chalks Road
  2. The alternative trail (which is the route along the north-western side) has been re-routed via Warren Reservoir to Centennial Drive
  3. When the South Para River water level is high, avoid the main trail crossing (marked #3, upstream to the east) and walk 900m downstream to cross the river on the Mount Rd bridge (marked #4, downstream to the west)

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8. Re-Route to avoid closed Freemans Hut, and Re-Route near Mt Crawford Summit, April 2016 (updated May 2018)

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  1. Freemans Hut on the Heysen Trail near Mt Crawford has been closed due to a land sale, and the trail re-routed to continue north along the Wirra Wirra Peaks ridge line [update May 2018] east to follow Wirra Wirra Road to the north to meet Corryton Road.
  2. [update May 2018] The Heysen Trail climbs over the summit of Mt Crawford. There is now a river crossing on stepping stones near the base of the summit. When river water levels are high, use the route west over the road bridge.

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