The park gets its name from the beautiful sheoaks that dot its hillsides. As the foliage of these trees matures in late summer, they take on a very dark appearance that looks black when viewed from the Adelaide plains below.
Abundant wildlife in the park also makes it a great place to visit. Keep an eye out for koalas, kangaroos, and the solitary echidnas who frequent the park.
There are far too many trails in the park to be able to mention here, but if you have only a limited amount of time on your hands and are looking for a short walk to test the legs, I always enjoy this one. The walk starts from the very eastern end of Addison Ave Athelstone and takes a track to Black Hill summit.
This walk is a great alternative to the Classic Mt Lofty walk as there are far fewer people and no bitumen track to walk on. At a good pace you should complete this walk in around 90min. If you are a little slower on the hills, add up to an hour longer.
Hope you enjoy the walk!