Mt Crawford Forest MTB Ride 2

CYCLE SOUTH AUSTRALIA, MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE, MT CRAWFORD FOREST RIDE 2 This bike ride has 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 bike 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. 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. ACCESS 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.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Difficulty: Intermediate (Blue)
Ride Duration: A variety of options
Fitness Level: High
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 12.5
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire facilities
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber

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