Walking and hiking

Explore our forest walking trails in the Mount Lofty Ranges

Thousands of people visit ForestrySA’s Mount Lofty Ranges forests each year to enjoy bushwalking and hiking.

Our well-marked network of shared-use trails make our forests the perfect destination for walking and other activities, such as rogaining and orienteering, horse riding and cycling.

Check them out via the link below, or scroll down to view information for walkers and hikers.


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).

Kuitpo Forest Reserve

Located just 45 minutes’ drive from Adelaide near the small town of Meadows, Kuitpo Forest has long been a favourite among walkers and hikers.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Kuitpo’s native and pine forests, via the Onkeeta, Tinjella, Eucalypts and Forests Trails, or Chookarloo Walk.

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Mount Crawford Forest Reserve

Situated in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, just an hour from Adelaide near the township of Williamstown, Mount Crawford Forest is the perfect spot to explore the great outdoors.

Enjoy the forest environment from the Heysen Trail Loop, Mount Pleasant Summit Trail, Anderson Loop Trails or the Jenkins Scrub Walking Trail – the choice is yours.

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Second Valley Forest Reserve

More than 80,000 people visit Second Valley Forest each year to explore the natural creeks, rockpools and waterfalls via the Ingalalla Falls trail.

Alternatively, you can take in the native scrub and plantation forest during the Mount Hayfield Hike.

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Willunga Basin Trail

This undulating 130km trail winds its way around the Willunga Basin, across the diverse Mount Lofty Ranges landscape – including pine and native bushland in Kuitpo Forest.

A section of this trail located within the Kuitpo Forest has recently been completed. The official launch is coming soon!

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Reservoir reserves

The South Australian government is opening reservoir reserves for visitors to enjoy.

ForestrySA manages commercial pine plantations at reservoirs including Myponga, Mount Bold, Happy Valley, South Para and Warren. In the northern reservoirs precinct, a larger trail network extends from Para Wirra Conservation Park, through South Para Reservoir to Mount Crawford Forest Reserve

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The Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail winds through Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forests, as it extends from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.

The 1,200km trail provides a diverse mix of landscapes for walkers to enjoy. Through the Fleurieu Peninsula and Mount Lofty Ranges, trail users enjoy their favourite sections regularly within our forests, or many challenge themselves to a multi-day hike using our campgrounds and huts as picturesque stop overs

The Heysen Trail is managed by the Department for Environment and Water in partnership with the Friends of Heysen Trail. Visit the Heysen Trail website for an interactive Heysen Trail map, accommodation options, updates on any trail re-routes, community events and much more.



Walking SA

Walking SA is a not-for-profit peak body that leads, promotes and supports all forms of walking.

The organisation wants to see more people walking more often and has shortlisted South Australia’s best walks.

Visit their website to find the perfect place to walk, hike or bushwalk in ForestrySA forest reserves.