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Harkerville - cycling trail

Harkerville has four(4) colour-coded Harkerville routes offer a range of routes to suit all ... Please be aware that all the trails except the Yellow Route may be closed if heavy rain has fallen. ...

Situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville forest is the ideal location for recreational mountain-biking to suit all levels or riders.
The relatively easy gradients and diversity of the rides offer some of the finest cycling in the Southern Cape. All four start and finish at the Garden of Eden, on the N2, where permits must be obtained. Alternative access roads are available, starting from the Forestry Office, Kranshoek Road Gate, or the Kranshoek Picnic Site. Permits may also be obtained at the Kranshoek Road Gate

Yellow Route (14km) : An easy ride along reasonably level gravel service roads – perfect for the not-so-fit. This may be the only ride permissible when the other forest trails are closed due to wet conditions.

Blue Route (12km) : An easy option, with sections of singletrack, the route meanders through the forest before looping back through a glade of giant redwood trees planted in 1927.

Green Route (15km) : An intermediate, circular route passing a shady swimming hole making this a great ride for a hot day. A southern loop bangs onto a breathtaking view of the rugged coastline before returning through a , a delightful section of off-road track which passes through some tall, coastal forest with a number of the finest examples of hard pear.

Red Route (24km) : this tougher ride must be rated as one of the most scenically diverse MTB trails in SA. Get ready for wicked stretches of singletrack and a vertigo-inducing coastal cruise along towering fynbos cliffs. Two steep downhill sections require due caution while the climbs will get your blood pumping. This route will take anything from 2-4hours, depending on your fitness. An overnight hut allows riders to opt for a two-day forest ride, that must be booked in advance. Keep in mind that heavy rain might cause the routes (except the Yellow option) to be closed.

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PETRUS-SE-BRAND CYCLE ROUTE - Diepwalle Knysna

This route has been planned for mountain bikers of average fitness and covers a distance of just over 24km or 48km return.

The ride begins at the Diepwalle Forest Station office (where you obtain your permit) to Garden of Eden.If you are cycling fit, the route can be ridden in 2 hours.
The route starts at Diepwalle descends a few kms down the Uniondale road. It breaks away to the left at 2.8km. Keep a sharp look out for the marker on the left. The track now follows the contoured bed of the old narrow-gauge forest railway which used to run from Ysterhoutrug to Knysna. (Features in Dalene Matthee’s “Toorbos’)

The route turns left into the petrusbrandpad and begins to descend to the Petrusbrand River. One climbs from the stream, winding toward Petrusbrand eiland.On this section one rides through some beautiful medium- moist to dry type forest. Many of the old yellowwoods (Podocarpus latifolius) are crowned with “old mans beard” (Usnea spp.)

Passing through more moist and medium-moist high forest, one breaks out into fynbos of Kleineiland (“small island”) – a island of Cape Fynbos surrounded by indigenous forest. The contrast is amazing. This is a good resting point and on a clear day the view over the Tsitsikamma mountains.

The route descends to the Kleineiland River valley. The surface is very cobbled- take care! This is the lowest point of the route and the start of a fairly severe climb over 4km.

The last section of route, through the forest on an old timber slip-path, is the most exciting. It winds it’s way down to Garden of Eden, offering some fast single-track. The alternative route follows the Fisanthoek road to the N2.

For your information:
1. Carry your permit on you.

2. The route is open from dawn to dusk. Do not, however, start your ride after 14:00 in winter or 15:00 in summer.

3. Please do not leave marked trail!

4. Tel: Regional office 044-3825466. Maps available at Diepwalle Forest Station and Garden of Eden kiosk

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Homtini Cycling Trail Knysna

The Homtini is an awesome 19km circular route through the tranquil Homtini Forest along gravel road and singletrack.
The Trail starts near the Goudveld Forest station, about 25km from Knysna. Most of the trail follows fairly easy contours in the indigenous forest and plantation. It is enhanced by winding single-track slip-paths, shady plantation roads and a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area. It is a moderate ride with the exception of a steep 4km climb.
Distance: Circular route of 19km
Permits are purchased at the Goudveld boom.

The trail starts and ends at the Krisjan-se-nek picnic site. From here you follow the Millwood Road until you turn right about 400m from the start. Scenes from “Kringe in ‘n bos” flash through the mind as you ride along the forest slip-paths and descend to the forest edge. In the open the route follows a plantation road…and then there’s the climb! From here the going is easy, finishing in some exhilarating single-track on Boer-se-pad. Maps available at Goudveld Forest StationGetting there: Heading from Knysna towards George on the N2 take the Rheenendal turn-off to the right after about 8km. Follow this road for about 13km and turn right at the Homtini/Millwood signs. At the Goudveld boom you pay for your permit and reach the Krisjan-se-nek picnic site.

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