Cascade mountain bike trail

Cascade National Park

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Overview

Enjoy a scenic cycling route through the rainforest on Cascade mountain bike trail, only an hours' drive from Coffs Harbour, and spot lyrebirds, reptiles and other wildlife along the way.

Where
Cascade National Park
Distance
5.5km one-way
Time suggested
30min
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
Opening times

Cascade mountain bike trail is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching

The tiny hamlet of Briggsvale is the starting point for Cascade mountain bike trail – an easy, undulating cycling route along a gravel path that takes riders to the heart of Cascade National Park. All around, you’ll see the diversity of the landscape with lush rainforest interspersed with more open patches of eucalyptus trees.

The cycling trail travels east along Briggsvale Road, one of the most likely parts of the parks for visitors to see and hear lyrebirds. You’ll need to be as quiet as possible though, because these beautiful birds are notoriously shy. Aside from birdwatching opportunities, there’s also a chance you might be cycling past some of the resident reptiles, including carpet pythons, who like to warm themselves on the sun-lit paths.

When you reach the intersection of Carters trail, turn around and head back to Briggsvale. This is a great mountain bike ride to take at any time of year, but remember to layer your clothing during winter because the region is high above sea level and can get quite cool.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/cycling-trails/cascade-mountain-bike-trail/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cascade mountain bike trail.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Cascade mountain bike trail is in eastern precinct of Cascade National Park. To get there:

    • From Dorrigo, head north towards the village of Cascade
    • The hamlet of Briggsvale is on the way
    • The ride commences at the intersection of Megan­­–Briggsvale Road and Briggsvale Road

    Park entry points

    Parking

    There is no formal parking area at the beginning of the trail, but there are a few parking options within a few hundred metres.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Cascade National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Mild conditions are great for walking, and you'll see brightly coloured fungi everywhere.

    Spring

    Conditions are dry and perfect for mountain biking through the forests.

    Summer

    The wettest time of the year and a great opportunity to see the rainforest at its best, with fungi and fruits on show.

    Winter

    It's cool, but rug up for walks through the misty rainforest with hardly anyone else around.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    28.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    5°C and 22°C

    Lowest recorded

    4.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    388.2mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    This trail is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Bellingen (22 km)

    Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Coffs Harbour (31 km)

    Coffs Harbour is a coastal city on the North Coast, packed with things to do. It's surrounded by lush forests and national parks.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Dorrigo (13 km)

    Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. Its close to the edge of the escarpment above the Bellingen Valley.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Cascade mountain bike trail is in Cascade National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A natural palette of colours

    Mobong walking track, Cascade National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

    Cascade National Park combines warm temperate and subtropical rainforest filled with coachwood, crab apple, booyong and even hoop pine. Antarctic beech can also be found within its boundaries. In December, Dorrigo waratah blooms, showing off its spectacular red flowers. In the wet eucalypt forests, brush box, tallowwood and Sydney blue gums flourish.

    • Box Ridge walking track The short, gently undulating Box Ridge walking track, just an hours’ drive from Coffs Harbour, shows the diversity of the rainforest, including huge brush box trees and wildlife including lyrebirds and wallabies.

    Cascade's logging past

    Moonpar Forest Drive, Cascade National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster

    At the beginning of the 20th century, all over Dorrigo Plateau, the land was being opened up for dairy farming and cropping. Soon after, red cedar and hoop pine was targeted by loggers. A rail line was opened in 1924 to Glenreagh, and a network of tramlines carried timber from the forests to the mills at Cascade. Although logging no longer takes place here, the four rail lines and logging relics can be seen in Cascade National Park and nearby Nymboi-Binderay and Dorrigo national parks, in particular, around Cascade village and along Moonpar Forest drive.

    • Mobong walking track The delightful walk along Mobong walking track, only an hours' drive from Coffs Harbour, takes in magnificent rainforest, a historic logging tramway and picturesque waterholes.

    Get active, or simply relax

    Box Ridge walk, Cascade National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

    For those who like mountain biking, get yourself to Cascade ride. If walking is more your style, take a walk beneath the ancient trees on either Box Ridge or Mobong tracks. There's also a driving route that traverses both Cascade and the southern reaches of Nymboi-Binderay national parks. And be sure to bring your binoculars for birdwatching, and a picnic for when you're ready to relax. There's a full range of adventures, from the gentle to the more active, in Cascade National Park.

    • Cascade mountain bike trail Enjoy a scenic cycling route through the rainforest on Cascade mountain bike trail, only an hours' drive from Coffs Harbour, and spot lyrebirds, reptiles and other wildlife along the way.

    Rich with biodiversity

    Land Mullet (Bellatorias major), Cascade National Park. Photo: A Harber

    The rainforest in Cascade is busy with birds and animals, both day and night. During daylight hours, you may see lyrebirds, brush turkeys, and bowerbirds to name a few. The brightly feathered wompoo fruit dove, with its green belly blends, camouflages itself within the forest canopy. Wallabies can be seen early and late in the day. And rare species including sphagnum and pouched frogs, spotted-tailed quolls and red-legged pademelons also call Cascade National Park home.

    • Box Ridge walking track The short, gently undulating Box Ridge walking track, just an hours’ drive from Coffs Harbour, shows the diversity of the rainforest, including huge brush box trees and wildlife including lyrebirds and wallabies.

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    Cascade mountain bike trail, Cascade National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary