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Cycling and mountain biking

Cycling routes or mountain biking trails are clearly signposted in NSW national parks. There are a few simple ways you can promote responsible and safe riding.

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Ride on open trails

Bikes are not permitted on walking tracks or in wilderness areas and nature reserves (except where signposted). Many parks operate a ‘No sign, no ride’ policy. Stay on existing trails and don’t create new ones.

Leave no trace

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones, so when the trail is soft, consider other riding options.

Control your bicycle

If you divert your attention away from the track for even a moment, you could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations and ride within your limits.

Always give way

Let your fellow park visitors know you’re coming and slow to a walking pace or even stop when passing.

Never scare animals

Animals are startled by sudden movements or loud noises - this can be dangerous for you, the animals and others around you, so it’s important to give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain).

Plan ahead

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding, and prepare accordingly.

Do your bit

Help keep trails clear by picking up sticks and reporting maintenance issues to park staff.

In some cases, individual parks may have particular rules of their own, which are listed on trailhead signs and park brochures. In any case, always remember to stay safe when bike riding.

Cycling in national parks

The management of cycling in NSW national parks is guided by the NPWS Cycling Policy, and the NPWS Cycling Strategy