York Road Loop Track follows part of the old Egmont Branch Railway Line.
It best walked in a clockwise direction and passes ten numbered sites of interest along the way.
From Stratford, head north along SH3 for 6 km, turning left into York Road. The track starts at the end of the York Road.
Be ready for changeable weather
Mt Taranaki has changeable and unpredictable weather. Check the forecast and carry enough clothing and equipment to ensure you are able to cope with any type of weather, at any time of the year.
Snow, high rainfall and storm damage can make tracks impassable.
The railway evolved in 1901 when the local Road Boardand Council lobbied the Minister of Railways to construct a branch railway for metal quarrying on the mountain. Until the late 1920s, the quarry provided metal for Taranaki roadsand rocks for Port Taranaki in New Plymouth. World War II created a major setback for the quarry and it was finally closed during the late 1940s.