There’s plenty of scope for hiking in Black River Gorges National Park. The pretty Plaine Champagne Road, which teems with guava pickers in season, divides some 120km of trails in the more popular western gorges and 50km of trails in the eastern gorges. A basic hiking map is available from the Petrin Information Centre, while for more challenging treks you’ll need to go with a guide and/or pick up a copy of Philip LaHouse’s Mountains and Trails – Trails in the Black River Gorges which details fifteen of the best in the area. Treks typically either start or end in the south or west of the park, where the Black River Gorges Visitors Centre also provides maps and information. They’re best undertaken in the cooler and drier winter months, June to September, when there are fewer mosquitoes; in summer, paths can be slippery, so take shoes with a good grip, plenty of water and insect repellent.