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Harkerville Forest Yellow Route MTB Trail

Harkerville Forest Yellow Route MTB Trail

Description

Get on your bike to experience the stunning scenic single track trails through indigenous forest, plantations, fragrant fynbos and dramatic cliff tops overlooking the ocean.

The Yellow Rote is 14km in length and is an easy ride along level gravel service roads, perfect for the not-so-fit. The route follows gravel service roads and is the only route open when the other routes are closed due to wet soil conditions.

End

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

Distance

14 kilometers

Duration

1 – 1½  hours

Rating

Easy – Medium

Permit

Obtain a R33 permit at the starting point (Season ticket is also available)

Take With

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

Please Note

Important points to remember about this route:

  • The path can get quite slippery after rain.
  • Please carry your permit with you at all times. These must be obtained at the Garden of Eden or at the Kranshoek Road Gate.
  • The brown Running water is drinkable colour of the water is due to tannins and humid acids leached from leaf litter on the forest floor.
  • Some cycle routes may be closed on short notice due to wet sell conditions.

The Forest Environment

Remember the forest is a workplace. Respect warning signs and keep clear of any operations and machinery Although forest roads are quiet you should remain alert at all times for other vehicles and timber lorries using the roads.

Control your bicycle at all times. Do not ride too fast and do not lock up your back wheel when braking. It causes erosion.

Strive to ride with minimal impact. Forests are used for a wide range of recreational activities. Cyclists must give way to hikers and horse riders.

Certain short sections of the Harkerville Cycle Routes share track with the Harkerville Coast Hiking Trail. Your attention will be drawn to the sections where overlap exists. Please ride slowly through these sections as you will be moving in the same direction as hikers.

Make your presence known well in advance when approaching hikers. There are two short sections on the red route which traverse steep downhill slopes. Be careful here! Keep to the marked route.

Never cut corners or leave the trail.

Personal Safety

Always underestimate your ability and ensure that you are fully equipped to enjoy your cycling in safety. Changes in weather conditions and damage to the route by other users may result in increased difficulties. Be prepared to carry your bike over sections which are beyond your cycling ability.

Contact Sanparks for more info

07:30 – 17:00 Mondays to Sundays

Garden of Eden Tel 044 532 7793

Directions:

From Knysna drive out towards Plettenberg Bay. Park at Garden Of Eden, about 14km out.
Permits are obtained at the entrance at Garden of Eden. The trails start across the road (N2).

GPS Harkerville (start) 34° 2’16.29″S • 23°13’34.88″E

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