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Mountain biking

Riding a mountain bike is a great way to experience the beauty of SA’s parks, as well as providing significant health benefits to riders. 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 sure to be an experience to suit you.


Which parks can I ride in?

Cycling is permitted on any road open to the public in all parks in SA. To find out which national parks have specific mountain biking trails use our find a park tool and refine your search to ‘Mountain biking’.

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Where can I download trail maps?

Downloadable pdf maps are available for many of our parks. Go to the park page of the park you are visiting and click on the maps tab to download the pdf’s.

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

How do I choose a trail to suit me?

Some of the parks’ tracks also have signs rating their degree of difficulty to help you choose what suits your fitness level and skill. Green is the easiest and black the most challenging. See the table below for further details about these classifications.

Easy ride
Green circle
Easy Trails are suitable for children, families, beginners, social groups and others seeking a relatively short trail requiring a basic level of skill and fitness. Easy Trails are most likely to have a gentle grade and a relatively obstacle free, hardened surface.
Intermediate ride
Blue square
Intermediate Trails are most suitable for individuals and groups seeking a short to medium distance trail requiring a moderate level of skill and fitness. Intermediate Trails have obstacles, variable surfaces and a moderate slope.
Advanced ride
Black diamond
Advanced Trails are suitable for individuals and groups seeking a very challenging trail requiring a high level of skill, fitness and endurance.Advanced Trails are challenging tracks with many obstacles, variable surfaces, and very steep sections.

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 international 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
  • tell others about the code

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