Closest Town: Sandton
Grading: Easy to Intermediate | Duration: 2-3 hours
Location (Area/Province): Central Gauteng and Gauteng
Configuration: 10km, 17km, 25km and 35km flowing trails in the heart of JHB
Start Point: Modderfontein Nature Reserve 'Isedleki'
Access: Central Park Trails are open Saturday and Sundays from 06h30 to 15h00 (including Public Holidays). In order to gain access to the trails all trail users will be required to fill out an indemnity form and pay the prescribed entry fee.
Beware of: Traffic in the parking lot, and snakes in summer
Facilities: Toilets, food, drinks and relaxing area. There are 24hr security patrols on the land, as well as a security gate that you will enter to get to the trails.
Cell Reception: Good
The Central Park Trail system, only 8km from Sandton is an outdoor experience of note through amazing terrain, with an awesome variety of game and birdlife to boot. There are various loops catering for all different skill levels that can be shortened or lengthened accordingly.
On your bike
There are various loops catering for all different skill levels, and can be tailor made to be as short or long as the rider/runner prefers. Predominantly single track, with jeep track sections interspersed, the trail begins at our registration area, the Modderfontein Sports Club, where the rider will follow the freshly cut single track, to the security gate. From here onwards the rider must choose the distance and relevant loop. Follow the arrows to be taken on a rollercoaster ride throught the forests and circumnvaigate the six dams on the property. While they say Joburg is flat, on the longest loop a rider will climb approximately 480m.
The Green Route runs along scenic farm roads with an African bush feel, while the Yellow Route will get you onto some great single-track sections through the trees, with a gentle climb up and around to View Point. Finally, the Red Route is for the more advanced rider, and will test your skills. You get to blast through dense forests, up a steep ascent, onto a super-tube of a downhill. Plus there is some technical playtime around the dam, with bridges and another 2km of single-track through tall reeds.
Off the bike
Enjoy a coffee at the coffee shop.
Route Information: Ricky Tomaselli – Concept Cyclery Melrose Arch
Telephone:+27 82 443 7830
GPS: 26°05′40.36 South / 028°09’14.06″ East