Harkerville Cycling Trail
Knysna Forest: mountain biking and cycling trails for every fitness level. From a gentle ride down the farm roads to a fairly technical ride on one of the official trails – there is a range of trails in the Forest Edge area to choose from. Also see:
Homtini Cycling Trail
Petrus-se-brand Cycling Trail
The Harkerville Cycling Trails and Routes: These 12/14/15/24km routes start near the Garden of Eden Permit hut near Harkerville. Forest Edge guests who make use of our Knysna Forest Mountain Biking Package often tackle these trails after they have done the picturesque must-do Homtini cycling trail. Note that Knysna Forest cycling trails require a nominal entry fee at the Sanparks entry boom or relevant kiosks. Below follows the official Sanparks Map and notes on these trails; this is the Sanparks flyer scanned in for your convenience – for more info on Sanparks cycling trails, contact Sanparks on 044 – 3025606.
In case you are struggling to read the above: these mountain biking trails are described as having relatively easy gradients and offer 4 different routes:
Yellow Route: 14 km, about 1.25 hours to ride. Follows gravelled surface roads and will be the only open route if others have to be closed due to rain.
Blue Route: 12 km, about 1.5 hours to ride. There is a section along the Beukespad forest slip-path through medium-high forest and the return path loops past a glade of coast redwood planted in 1927.
Green Route: 15 km, about 2.25 hours to ride. Follows Grooteilandpad, then Waterpad where there is a swimming hole. There is also an alternate southward loop offering breathtaking views of the rugged Harkerville coast. The home-bound leg follows Kleineilandpad, then Perdekoppad through some tall coastal forest with fine Hard Pear.
Red Route: 24 km, about 3-5 hours to ride (much tougher route than the others). The most scenically diverse, with long stretches of off-road track along old slip-paths and a section through fynbos near the cliff-line.
These pics of the Knysna Forest Harkerville Cycling Trail map and directions are sourced from Sanparks and are subject to change. We will update them whenever we become aware of changes; if you notice anything outdated, please let us know.
Also see these other stunning mountain-biking trails in the Knysna Forest:
*** The Harkerville Cycling routes offer a variety of mountain biking trails to enjoy, about 40min from Forest Edge in the Knysna Forest. It offers generally well-maintained mountain biking trails. Nothing beats cycling in the forest.
Why not consider Forest Edge for your next trip to the Garden Route? You can look forward to the comfort of a private, fully equipped, award-winning and affordable Knysna forest self-catering cottage, from where to enjoy the gifts of the Knysna area, including these stunning cycling trails. Come take a Forest Ride or just meander around the lovely safe farm roads in the area.