Forest closures and alerts

Temporary forest closures

Our pine forests are working, commercial forests and certain areas may be closed or restricted at times for operations such as planting, harvesting, firebreak maintenance and prescribed burning.

Forest operations sites can be dangerous places, involving heavy vehicles and machinery, falling trees and loud noise. In the interest of public safety, visitor access is temporarily prohibited.

For your own safety please keep out, follow all site signage and obey instructions from staff.

Follow the link below to find out about the forest operations and closure sites in your area, or scroll down to view current forest trail closure information.

Current forest closures

View the active harvest sites and forest closure locations in your area.

Current forest operations and closures

Trail closures and re-routes

Our walking and shared-use trails are re-routed or closed from time-to-time, due to broader forest closures.

Please be aware the following trails are currently affected:

  • Mount Pleasant Summit Trail – Circuit 2 and Circuit 3 are closed. Circuit 1 from Glen Devon Rd still open.
  • Bell’s Gully (Prospect Hill) MTB trail network – entire network closure due to the resumption of thinning operations that was previously halted as a result of wet conditions
  • Old Kersbrook Loop and Devils Gully Link multi-use trails – Closed due harvest operations. An alternative trail route is in place.
  • Onkeeta Trail: Re-route in place along the western side of the loop trail due to plantation thinning operations.
  • Willunga Basin Trail: Short divert in place as the trail enters Knotts Hill plantation from the west off Peters Creek road. See maps at entry points.
  • Heysen Trail: Use the marked Alternate route through Knotts Hill plantation, which follows the eastern boundary of the forest. Re-route in place at Jupiter’s Creek, following Pocock Road.
  • Warren Tower Hike: Access from Sailors Gully is closed due to harvest operations. Access is available from the Warren Conservation Park end.
  • Tinjella Trail – Re-route in place in the Bells Gully plantation between the Brookman-Connor road entrances.
  • Kidman Trail – Re-route in place in the Bells Gully plantation between the Brookman rd and Brookman-Connor road entrances.

Trail users need to always adhere to directional and closure signage. For questions or concerns, please contact us.


Forests closed at night

Our forests are closed each night between dusk and dawn.

Overnight stays are only provided to visitors with a valid camping permit or accommodation booking. Activities requiring night access require Ranger approval using an Event Application.

Click here to visit Ghost Mushroom Lane after dark during May and June annually, in the Limestone Coast.

Total Fire Ban

To reduce fire risk and ensure public safety, our forests are closed to all visitors on days of Total Fire Ban.

Fire danger ratings and bans are declared by the Country Fire Service (CFS) after 4pm on the day before the rating is to take effect, and published on their website.

For fire ban information phone 1800 362 361 or visit the CFS websiteBeing aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

Fire Ban Districts

Our forests are located in two CFS Fire Ban Districts:

Mount Crawford, Kuitpo and Second Valley Forests (Mount Lofty Ranges):
Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District

Green Triangle Forests (Limestone Coast):
Lower South East Fire Ban District


The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.

For fire ban information phone 1800 362 361 or visit the CFS website. Being aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).