Mountain Bike Trails West Coast Fossil Park

There are several mountain bike trails in the West Coast Fossil Park situated near Vredenburg about 90 min from Cape Town. The MTB trail in the Fossil Park is a time warp experience. This is a great historic location with easy non technical trails ideal for kids and the whole family. Cycle in one of the richest fossil sites in the world on a mountain bike. This historical ride winds its way in and around the park  where now extinct animals roamed 5 million years ago.
Features
National Museum
Ride an historic site

Fossil tours available
Coffee shop

Langebaan MTB Trail
Fossil Park MTB Trail
Saldanha MTB Trails 
Koringberg Singletrack
Aurora MTB Route
 

Bike shops

Hike n Bike
Saldanha
T: 022 714 2932

Frankia Fietse
Vredenburg
(022) 713 5184
 

 

 

Closest Town Vredenburg
Technical Rating Easy or moderate
Fitness Rating Low to moderate
Distances Green 3.5km, Red 6km, Blue 8km, Yellow 10km
GPS coordinates 3257'26.03"S  18 7'2.83"E
Route Composition 100 % dirt road and jeep tracks
Route Type Circular routes with different distances
Trail Head Visitors Centre West Coast Fossil Park
How to get there From Cape Town City Center, Take N1 (Paarl) On ramp, Take R27 (Marine Drive) off ramp, 27 continues as West Coast Road, travel along R27 for 120km, Take right turn at Engen 1-stop towards R45/Langebaanweg. At Langebaanweg turn left towards Vredenburg on R45, look out for gates on left handside.Alternate Route from Cape Town: Take the N7 North, pass through Malmsbury, then take R45 to Hopefield and Vredenburg. Lookout for park turnoff after Langebaanweg
Parking and access Park at the Visitors Centre
Entry Fees Trail fee approximately R20
Accommodation West Coast Accommodation
Facilities Coffee shop, toilets, garden for picnics, rental bikes
Be careful of No access areas, stay on trail
Contact Details West Coast Fossil Park
LIVE2RIDE for trail map and guide
Download WCFP mtb trail map
Download Cape West Coast MTB trails map
Description
The Fossil park trail is a time warp experience, riding in one of the richest fossil sites in the world on a mountain bike. Educational and informative fossil tours are available for the curios. The West Coast Fossil park is a national museum site with a rich heritage of geophysical forces, prehistoric animals, mining exploitation, fossil discovery and natural regeneration.

Starting from the park visitor centre, there are 4 different marked trail options of varying distances covering the entire 250Ha park. The trails utilise the old mining roads on the property, and there are some tricky uphill and downhill sections for the adventurous. The northern end of the park has a good view of the Saldanha and Vredenberg areas. Being out in the open on the dirt is a great way to appreciate and view the emerging fynbos. The route along the western end leads to the longest climb of the ride with a view over the dig site. The scenic trail back passes the bird hide and then winds its way back to the visitor centre and coffee shop.

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