Reids Creek is historically popular for gold mining, (Beechworth is an historic gold mining town after all) with thousands of people lining the creek bed. It was also the scene of riots, and more than 15 murders.
Today the Reid’s Creek Walk which is flat most of the way, with plenty of signs explaining the area, is a pleasant day hike taking the walker across lush green fields and along the creek (good for a paddle if hot). Start off from the Woolshed Falls carpark.
The only steep part of the walk is toward the end where the last 300m heads up a flight of natural rock steps. It’s a scramble and hiking poles definitely help. The view of the cascades is lovely and worthy of a few moments rest stop.
Beechworth is a further 2km walk along the gorge road (or powder magazine track) to Camp Street (another last push uphill).
Return via same route to Woolshed Falls carpark from where you start the 14km return hike.
I’m a steady hiker. I departed at noon and arrived back to the car at 5pm. Within this timeframe I enjoyed a beer and arvo tea at Billsons Brewery for 45 minutes.