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Oak Valley

Elgin - Western Cape

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Trails: 48
Total Distance: 138km
eBikes: Yes
Shuttle-friendly: No
Cost: R60 - Adults | R30 - 6 to 18 Years
Security Rating: 4/5

Trail Park Summary

Wilderness Trail | Country Trail

More information:

Oak Valley https://oakvalley.co.za/mtb/

Trailforks Information:

https://www.trailforks.com/region/oak-valley-estate-elgin-valley/

Security rating:

4/5

The Oak Valley MTB Trails, located in Elgin, Western Cape, is one of the best mountain bike trails to experience in SA.

Best suited for:

Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced riders. Western Cape Beginner, not Gauteng Beginner. The Western Cape Beginner is accustomed to steeper gradients and singletrack. However, one challenge for Beginners is the A-Frames over the fences on Oak Valley’s trails.

What we love about it:

The scenery. It’s probably the most scenic riding you can find in South Africa. In addition to the incredible view, the Oak Valley MTB trails are stimulating and varied, and the environment is peaceful.

Oak Valley trail runs along with the Groenlandberg Nature Reserve, a protected 34 000ha area rich in wildlife and flora. As a result, the reserve contains some sections of highly endangered Renostervoeld vegetation, leopards, and a wide variety of antelope, small mammals, and birds.

Moreover, South Africa’s most famous mountain biking terrain, paired with the cool climate, provides cyclists near-ideal conditions.

Vissie’s Magic, Stone & Steel, Fountain of Youth, Sounds of Silence, Groendlandberg Stairway, Harrier Hawk, Raging Baboon, JK’s Edge, and Wonderland are just a few of the routes.

A small blue path and a longer red route make up the trail. The red track connects to multiple black loops for more experienced riders.

Oak Valley is a highly productive fruit and wine-producing area, with the trail parks sharing the name of the wines produced on their property.

 

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Additional Trail Facts

Signage

The signage is very good on both farms. You may need to ask the gatekeeper at Oak Valley where the board with the large map of the trails is as it’s a bit obscured.

Grading

As with many South African trails parks, the trails aren’t graded according to IMBA’s skill level grading system. You can, however, find the Oak Valley Trails on Trailforks, here: https://www.trailforks.com/region/grabouw-forestry/

Trails

Most prefer to start and finish at Oak Valley. You need to ensure you buy the permit to ride when you arrive. Oak Valley has its own coloured trails. These colours denote the trail name and not skill level required. This venue offer showers and safe parking.

Oak Valley :-

Blue: 12.5km, 230m ascent

Red: 24.5km, 530m ascent

Black: 36.5km, 890m ascent

Off the bike

The Elgin Railway Station, which hosts a market on weekends, coffee every day and food and drinks on Wednesday and Friday evenings is very popular with visitors to the region. The Peregrine Farm Stall is a famous stop-off point for travellers passing through, with its restaurant, bakery and farm stall offering high quality food and local produce. And then there’s the Trail’s End Hotel, geared to offer accommodation specifically to mountain bikers and trail runners.

Summary

The Oak Valley bike trail park offer more than just scenic riding. They have high quality, purpose-built well-marked singletrack trails that are highly engaging and well maintained and which are used annually for the prestigious FNB Wines2Whales mountain bike stage race. Well worth a drive from Cape Town for a day or a

Cost

Oak Valley: R60; R30 for kids;

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Trail Reviews
Charles Osborne
03 May 2022
Great variety of trails, all very doable, very pretty.
Chris Petzer
25 April 2022
Lovely trails! Well maintained
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David Willis
22 March 2022
Absolutely fantastic trail for anyone wanting to ride a mountain bike. Stunning scenery and very safe. There's enough fun for everyone.
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