Mountain biking is a fantastic way to soak up the stunning landscapes of SA’s parks. Whether it’s a casual ride along the shared use trails through Belair National Park, exploring the popular Craigburn farm trails in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park or testing your endurance on the Mawson trail, there is an adventure for every rider.
Adelaide mountain bike trails
Which parks can I ride in?
To find out which national parks have specific mountain biking trails use our find a park tool and refine your search to ‘Mountain biking’.
Get inspired: Check out the below Good Living blogs to plan your next adventure.
- Know before you go: mountain-biking
- Put your wheels in motion at Anstey Hill
- 3 great biking spots along the River Murray
Where can I download mountain bike trail maps?
Many of our parks offer downloadable PDF maps so you can choose a trail that’s right for you. Head over to your chosen park’s page and tap on the ‘Maps’ tab.
Got a smartphone or tablet? Download the free Avenza PDF Map app to keep interactive national park maps right at your fingertips!
How do I choose a trail to suit me?
There are trails ranging from easy to difficult in South Australia’s national parks and it’s vital to pick one that matches your skill level.
Research trails before you go — there’s information about trails on individual park pages and maps to guide you. When you get to the park, check the on-site signs.
Here’s some more information about how trails are graded:
Mountain bike trail difficulty rating system
Wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs, and rocks. Suitable for beginner cyclists with basic mountain bike skills, and off road bikes.
Easy with Intermediate Sections
Likely to be single track with a moderate gradient, variable surface and some obstacles. Some obstacles such as roots, logs, and rocks. Suitable for mountain bikers with mountain bikes.
Single trail with moderate gradients, variable surface, and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain bikers with mountain bikes.
Intermediate with Difficult Sections
Suitable for competent mountain bikers used to physically demanding routes. Expect large unavoidable obstacles and features. Challenging and variable with some steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.
Suitable for experienced mountain bikers used to physically demanding routes. Navigation and personal survival skills are highly desireable. Expect large, dangerous and unavoidable obstacles and features. Challenging and variable with some steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces. Some sections will be easier to walk.
Trail users code of practice
To protect the surrounding environment and to ensure the safety of all riders and shared trail users, please be aware of the Trail Users Code of Practice when using shared trails. Important points to remember include:
- plan your ride
- comply with all signs
- ride only on formed tracks/trails
- share the trail — obey give way rules
- avoid riding in wet, muddy conditions
- ride lightly and leave no trace or rubbish
- control your bike within your limits
- clean your bike to avoid the spread of weeds or plant diseases
- carry sufficient food and drinking water
- respect the rights of others
- share and promote the code