Cycle Adelaide, Mountain Bike & Kid Friendly Ride, MT Crawford Forest Ride 2
This ride is tougher, with one long, hard climb and numerous short ones, a couple of fence crossings and some steep descents. Climbing up to a fire spotting tower, it continues along the ridge to the southern end of the forest, then returns back down for a flat 3km spin through tall pines and a gentle downhill run to the finish. It’s a great ride through plantation pine and native scrub, with the highlight undoubtedly at the top of the climb - 360 degree views over the Barossa Ranges, Gulf St Vincent and the Mt Lofty Ranges.
Mt Crawford Forest Reserve bike rides provide the opportunity to see a working forestry operation, along with great views and a bit of local history. The bike ride starts from the Forest Headquarters and Information Centre, off the main Williamstown to Birdwood Road, so access is easy and facilities are available. There are hundreds of kilometres of paths within the forest and eight marked trails, including the long distance Heysen Trail (walking), Mawson Trail (cycling) and Kidman Trail (horse-riding). Ranging from flat, graded forestry roads to steep, rocky single tracks, there’s a path for every age and fitness level, so it’s perfect for a family day out – or a weekend away, camping out under the stars and forest pines at one of three campsites. And forest reserves are dog friendly, so you can take canine family members as well – just keep them on leads and away from wildlife.
From Williamstown, head east on Mount Crawford Road and then Warren Road towards Birdwood. Mount Crawford Forest HQ and Information Centre is 11kms from Williamstown on the left.
Food and Drink
Rainwater is available at the Information Centre but there are no shops or cafes nearby. There are picnic sites throughout the forest, so pack a portable feast.
These rides cover just a few of the forest tracks, so grab a map and create your own route. Note your path carefully, however, as many tracks are not signposted. Alternatively, stow your bike and take a hike along the Heysen Trail. Mt Crawford Forest Information Centre, open 9- 11am 7 days
13.013 km / 8.086 mi
213 m / 697 ft
530 m / 1,739 ft