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The Sassafras Gully and Wiggins Track is a moderately difficult 5km circuit bushwalk that can be easily completed within two hours. It is one of many walking tracks established in the 1870s to cater for tourists arriving by train and some of the old signage and stonework are still in evidence.
Start the walk at the end of Sassafras Gully Road which is just over 1km from Springwood Railway Station. There are a couple of parking places but no toilet facilities or drinking water. The steep rocky descent is through open woodland into a ferny shaded creekside gully.
After about 1.5km, you will see a sign that points to the Victory Track towards Faulconbridge. Continue straight ahead crossing Sassafras Creek in 350m you will enter Blue Mountains National Park land. If you stay on the left-hand side of the creek, you will be on council land where dogs are permitted.
For the most part, the walk is along the creek banks with plenty of places to cool your feet, there are a few creek crossings, a few waterfalls and plenty of opportunities to extend the walk. After another 350m, you will come to a junction where you need to follow the sign to Wiggins Track and Yondell Avenue. Sassafras Creek is crossed again where you double back on the opposite bank until a sign on the right leads you uphill. Keep zigzagging upwards on mossy steps and under sandstone ledges and overhangs.
The track emerges at the end of Yondell Avenue, where you need to turn left then right into Bee Farm Road, left onto Valley Road and left onto Sassafras Gully Road back to your car. If you are returning to the station, turn right into Valley Road.