WORK on the southern tracks at Glenrock State Conservation Area has been halted pending a National Parks and Wildlife Service review.
The management service had closed many trails in order to restore land and encourage regeneration as part of its management plan outlined in 2010.
Yet the Newcastle Herald reported last month that many popular tracks had been destroyed during the operation and caused community backlash.
Opposition from mountain bike riders and hikers as well as a meeting with the Glenrock Trail Alliance has since convinced the National Parks and Wildlife Service to suspend all work and further closures.
Alliance member Leonard Allen said the group were hopeful the review would bring good news for regular users.
"They're now looking at not closing the Bus Stop Trail at Dudley, which provides residents with access to the beach," he said.
"They've gone away and will internally talk about it and hopefully we will see them come back with some positive news."
Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell wrote to Environment Minister Robyn Parker urging her to reconsider the works last week.
He said he understood what the National Parks and Wildlife Service were aiming to do but felt they should reconsider their management plan.
"I grew up backed into Glenrock and I think it's important to maintain public access," he said.
"It's something we should be encouraging.
"We unfortunately just saw a cyclist killed on the roads of Wallsend so it's important they can ride in a safe environment."
National Parks and Wildlife Service deputy chief executive Ann King said they would continue to work with the Glenrock Trail Alliance to improve the northern trails and manage the southern tracks.
"We appreciate that, being within the city of Newcastle, the park is heavily used by a number of groups including horse riders, joggers, walkers, mountain bikers and families cycling," she said.
"We have resolved to review the plan to close the informal but popular Bus Stop Trail in the southern part of the [park]."
While the review is being done, no further closures of informal tracks will occur.