I have heard so much about The Garden Route Trail Park, and finally popped in there last week to test out the trails. Wow, was I in for a massive surprise. This is a mountain biking paradise. Their website had the perfect description of what to expect. This is no sales hype to get you there, this is actually what it’s like:
Imagine a secret place off the beaten track, where endless trails snake their way through ancient forests. Wooded giants stand guard over the singletracks as they fly through streams, shady fern glades and forest tunnels. The secret Knysna singletracks that are always spoken of but never seen. Only a privileged few have had the opportunity to experience this world, where the forest elephants still roam today and folk lore talks of magical moments only mother nature can provide. Escape into the undiscovered and become part of the journey through the Outeniqua forests. The Garden Route Trail Park is nestled at the very foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, midway between George and Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route. Bring the whole family to experience the magic. There is over 20km of single track with river crossings, forest trails and climbs. Day rate is R100 and totally worth this fee. I would’ve happily paid double the price , to be able to experience this incredible mountain biking playing field. This bike park has has something for every level of rider and even for the younger cyclists in the family. The trails are well signed posted and the trails are top notch.On arrival we met some of the local riders who explained to us what the various routes were like. They even cycled with us to show us some of the unique things along the trails that only regulars would know about. We couldn’t decide on which route to ride, the locals suggested we try Jungle Fever. The route wasn’t too technical but is very challenging. This ride starts with a bit of a climb and the single track goes through a beautiful forestry area. I did find this tough but totally enjoyed the scenery. You need to have a bit of fitness for this trail. However, if you aren’t fit, take your time and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Often we cycle past the most scenic parts of the country and never actually stop to take it all in.
Hit the breaks, climb off your bike, take a selfie or even stop for a snack. How often do we actually stop to enjoy the surrounds of the trails, and appreciate the hard work that goes into building these trails.I could’ve spent a couple of days there and not just a morning of riding. This is undoubtedly the best single track in the country combined with a friendly welcome from the team at the bike park.