Franklin Forest

A local forest experience for the Huon Valley Community

Franklin Forest is Merlukerdee land. We acknowledge Melukerdee elders past, present and emerging. We pay deep respect to the continuing relationship to country of Palawa and other Aboriginal people in Lutruwita/Tasmania.

Just 7 kilometers from the historic boat-building town of Franklin lies Franklin Forest.

Visitors of Franklin Forest can find wonder in ancient ecosystem processes, visit the home of swift parrots and Tasmanian devils, and revel in a myriad of fungi, lichens and mosses.

The Franklin Forest Walk.

There is a short 2km tagged track through the Franklin Forest amongst prodigal nurse logs, tall Eucalyptus regnans (swamp gums), a ferned gully and a magnificent stand of leatherwood. Visits are recommended on weekends due to activity on forestry roads on weekdays. Detailed track notes are here

Guided Walks

Friends of Franklin Forest runs monthly ecology focused guided walks through the forest. Walks take approximately two hours, and are suitable to all levels of fitness. Check our Eventbrite to see when our next walk is.

Since we started raising awareness about Franklin Forest in the winter of 2020, more than 500 people have walked under it’s canopy. When we started, Franklin Forest (then named Castle Forbes Forest) was scheduled to be logged in 2021. It has now been removed from Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s harvesting schedule.  

As well as running guided walks, Friends of Franklin Forest maintain the track, and have teamed up with Franklin and Castle Forbes Bay landcare groups to manage gorse in the nearby forest.

Contact Us

We’d love to here from you! If you would like to get involved, have any questions or ideas for us, please flick us an email.

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