Harkerville Mountain Bike Trails
The Hakerville Cycle Routes are situated in the Hakerville forest between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. There are 4 routes catering for the beginner to the more advanced mountain biker. The routes are colour coded and are as follows:
Yellow Route: This route is 14km in length and follow gravel forest service roads and will be the only route open when the others are closed due to wet ground conditions.
Blue Route: Covering a distance of 12km, this route follows gravel service roads and also along the Beukespad, a forest slip-path, through moist high forest. On returning you pass by some huge Coastal Redwoods planted in 1927.
Green Route: This route takes the rider along the Grooteilandpad and onto the Waterpad where there is a refreshing swimming hole, great for taking a break. There is an optional loop that will along which you will have breathtaking views of the Hakkerville coastline. on the return the route follows the Kleineilandpad and then onto the Perdekoppad where you can enjoy an exciting section of single-track.
Red Route: This is the longest and hardest of the routes and is said to be on of the most scenic routes in the country. This route takes you through deep indigenous forest, fynbos and incredible coastal views along the way. 24km in length and more than 10km of single track, this route is definitely the most exhilarating.
There are sections of of these routes where the path is shared by hiking trails, they are signposted, please be careful in these areas.
Distance: 4 circular routes
Yellow Route: 14km, +-1 1/4hours
Blue Route: 12km, +- 1 1/2hours
Green Route: 15km, +-2 1/4hours
Red Route: 24km, 3-5hours
Difficulty: Moderate to hard.
Permit & Costs: R33pp. Permits available from Garden Of Eden.
Contact Numbers: Garden of Eden - 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).
Coordinates: S34 02.071 E23 11.907
Other: The water in the streams are drinkable, the dark colour is due to the tannins and humic acids from the leaves on the forest floor.
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