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Harkerville Forest Red Route MTB Trail

Harkerville Red Route cycle trail view from cliff

The Harkerville Forest Cycling Routes are rated as some of the best that South Africa has to offer. The Red Route is the most technically challenging and coupled with some of the most stunning scenery on any mountain bike route, you will feel that you have experienced something really special.

For those who do not have the technical skill, there are other options in this beautiful forest.

Harkerville Red Route cycle trail forest scenes 1

Harkerville Red Route cycle trail forest scenes 2


The start for this route is at The Garden of Eden which is 16 kilometers from Plett towards Knysna on the N2. Parking is available left and right of the N2.


This is a circular route and will bring you back to your parking spot.


23 kilometers


2 – 4 hours




Obtain a R38 permit at the starting point (Season ticket is also available)

Harkerville Red Route cycle trail ocean scene 1

Take With

  • puncture kit
  • spare tube
  • tools
  • refreshments and water
  • camera
  • GPS

Please Note

Harkerville Red Route cycle trail bridgeImportant points to remember about this route:

The path can get slippery after rain.

This is a technical track – if you are unsure of a section, jump off and walk it first.

If a section is really wet, utmost caution is advised.

This route is not for beginners and is best ridden with a companion.



Harkerville Red Route Pictures

The longest and most technical of all the trails in the Harkerville Forest, this route is what mountain biking is all about! Lots and lots of awesome single track, fast technical and tricky down hill sections, small wooden bridge crossing and tough rocky climbs, all made worthwhile when you see the amazing views of the ocean from the cliff tops.

This trail has stunning scenic beauty and technical challenges

Route Elevation Profile

Harkerville Red Route Profile

Click here to see this route on Google Earth

If the route does not open in Google Earth, then click here to download Google Earth.

Click here for the Garmin Download file.

Download (usually to Desktop unless you have specified something else) and then move the file to the My Garmin Folder in My Documents. You will then be able to open the map from the Garmin folder. If you are travelling in the opposite direction, Garmin has the option to invert the route. Then plug in your device, download the map and away you go.

Please note, you must have Mapsource or .gpx compatible software on your computer to open this file.
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