Emerald Pool Circuit via Glenworth Valley
Starting from the car park near Glenworth Valley Wilderness Adventures at the end of Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley, this walk takes you on a circuit past Emerald Pool via the Emerald Pool Circuit. This moderately challenging loop takes walkers through stunning natural bush scenery past Emerald Pool, a lovely secluded swimming hole located in Popran National Park on the Central Coast. The walk initially follows the Mailmans Walking Track through native bushland, climbing steeply out of Glenworth Valley towards Mount Olive. After passing an optional side trip to the Mount Olive Lookout, the walk descends gently along the Mount Olive Trail before following the Hominy Creek Trail, which becomes the Hominy Creek Track. Upon reaching Hominy Creek, the walk follows the creek downstream for a short distance to Emerald Pool. Surrounded by ferns, sandstone overhangs and tall trees, the picturesque little pool has pristine emerald water and a small cascade, offering an excellent picnic and swimming spot. From there, the walk continues along the Hominy Creek Track, then heads along the 248 Trail through Donovans Forest before following the Mailmans Walking Track back to the car park. This walk consists of wide and narrow walking trails and fire tracks, with uneven natural surfaces, compacted natural surfaces, boardwalk sections and steep hills. It is suitable for moderate fitness levels and can also be started from the Ironbark Picnic Area. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.