Closest Town: Paarl
Grading: Easy to intermediate | Duration: 30 minutes - 3 hours
Location (Area/Province): Peninsula and Winelands and Western Cape
Configuration: Various: 4–35km
Start Point: Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve parking area
Access: Entry fee per car (bikes free)
Beware of: Hikers
Facilities: Safe parking inside reserve gates; ablutions
Cell Reception: 100% coverage
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The Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, with its giant granite boulders dating back more than 500 million years, provides a spectacular backdrop to this enjoyable MTB ride. Leisure cruising on good dirt roads with a gentle gradient makes this trail suitable for the whole family.
On your bike
Various circular loops offer great views of the Boland mountains and across False Bay towards Cape Point in the distance. The trail takes you right up to the Afrikaanse Taal Monument, the Victoria Dam and Paarl Rock. In winter, the waterfalls are pumping and the dams full, but expect the roads to be dusty on dry summer days (vehicles do use these roads, so beware).
Off the bike
Paarl is located within the heart of the Cape Winelands; check out the Taal Monument, sample country cuisine or go wine tasting at award-winning estates.
Tel: +27 82 744 5900