Kranshoek Hiking Hiking Trail
The Kranshoek Trail is a challenging but very beautiful trail. It starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall, then winds it's way through the forest down into the gorge through which the waterfall's stream flows. It follows this stream towards the coast and then leads along the coast before going up the slopes to the plateau and back to the picnic site via the Kranshoek viewpoint.
On this trail you'll get to see a bit of everything our beautiful area has to offer, from indigenous forests to fynbos to breathtaking coastal views, the Kranshoek Trail has it all.
For those who find the full trail a bit strenuous there is an optional shortcut up to the Kranshoek viewpoint and back to the picnic spot (about 4km) shortly after reaching the coast.
Distance: 9km, circular.
Route markers: 'Feet' painted on rocks or trees.
Permits/Costs: R17/person. Obtain a permit from the small office at the boom. If the boom is unmanned a self issue permit applies, there is a wooden box with permits at the boom. Free for Wild Card members.
Contact numbers: Harkerville Forestry Station - 044 532 7770
Directions: From Knysna, take the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay. At the Sasol petrol station, about 17km out, turn right and follow the gravel road for 1.7km and turn right, follow this road for 4.2km to the Kranshoek Picnic Site.
Coordinates: S34 04.702 E23 13.672
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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This trail has a couple of steep ups and
downs, so be careful here and wear