Karda Reserve Mountain Bike Trail Network Concept Plan
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s project objective of the Karda Reserve Mountain Bike Trail Network (KMBTN) is to provide innovative and exciting visitor experiences connecting people to nature and cultural heritage.
The provision of a Concept Plan for the KMBTN is the first major step in determining the feasibility of developing a mountain bike trail network within the Karda Reserve, what this might look like in terms of the type of trails, difficulty level and target markets and improve the ability to attract further funding to realise the project, sharing the vision and potential benefits with multiple partners.
The development of the Concept Plan involved following and completing the first four stages of an eight stage process known as the Trail Development Process.
The KMBTN proposes a long loop which includes the base loop which is suitable for intermediate riders and an optional loop which is more challenging given the terrain and distance.
It also includes a short cross country trail designed to cater primarily for beginners (specifically children) with an adjoining skills area for skill development of riders.
A pump track is also proposed within the campgrounds area to provide a highly accessible recreation activity and facility in close proximity to the accommodation area.
Support facilities and signage are also proposed including shelters, picnic tables, bike maintenance station, parking and information shelter.
A series of cost estimates were prepared for the four long loop options and the short trail, skills park and pump track.