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Paarl Trails

Paarl Trails develops and maintains more than 200 kilometers of mixed use trails around the town of Paarl in the Western Cape of South Africa. The trails are accessible for runners, hikers and mountain (or gravel) bikers with a valid day permit or annual membership.

Trails includes XCO, pump tracks, XCM routes, rock gardens, downhills and much more with trails spanning Rhebokskloof, Spice Route, Laborie, Specialized Paarl as well as the Paarl Nature Reserve.

In addition to building and maintaining the trails, the Paarl Trails Organisation does so while uplifting the community. Find out more about us and the Hero Legacy Project and get involved in upskilling, uplifting and building a better Paarl for everyone. The Hero Legacy Project is a Non Profit Organisation.

Wine Lands Trails Initiative

Paarl Trails is a founding member of the Wine Lands Trails initiative. Members who hold a valid Wine Lands North membership can access not only the trails around Paarl, but also Wellington, Banhoek and Franschhoek. This membership can be purchase online from Paarl Trails or WinelandsTrails.com.

If you prefer to go further, the Wine Lands Regional permit will give you access to all trails included in the Wine Lands North membership with the addition of trails networks of Bottelary Hills Conservancy, Elgin Valley Trails, MTO/Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch Trail Fund, Van Loveren and Wine Lands Cycling Club.

Wine Lands North Membership

The Winelands Trails Local Membership allows members to access trails around Wellington, Paarl, Banhoek and Franschhoek. The following farms/trails are included, amongst others, Spice Route, Rhebokskloof, Wild Boar trails, Old Bethlehem farm, Plaisir de Merle, Boschendal and Bovenland Farm (Specialized Paarl).

Wine Lands Regional Membership

The Ultimate Permit!

Everything included in the Local membership plus a whole lot more including the trails networks of Bottelary Hills Conservancy, Elgin Valley Trails, MTO/Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch Trail Fund, Van Loveren and Wine Lands Cycling Club.

Purchase a Regional Membership from Wine Lands Trails.

UCI WCCA Approved

World Class Trails.

Hero Legacy Project

Our mission is to showcase Paarl for what it really is: a hub of world-class outdoor and adventure activities, creativity, artisans, scenery, destinations and promise, all with Paarl Mountain being at the heart of it all. We want to connect the fantastic people and places of Paarl and in so doing, uplift, empower and support the community.


Below you can find an overview of our trails, trailheads and points of interests/landmarks. We will be adding links and information to key trails as well as to our detailed trailhead pages. For now, these are accessible from the menu. On the map you will find two buttons, one labeled ‘find me’ and the other ‘track me’. When using your mobile phone on the trails, you can ‘Find Me’ to view your relative location. ‘Track me’ will update your location as you move so you can see where you are in real time.

Note the abbreviation used in route names: SR = Spice Route, B44 = Bistro 44, SP = Specialized Paarl, FV= Fairview, LWE = Laborie Wine Estate.

Trail Colours

Each major trailhead (Specialized, Rhebokskloof, Laborie and Spice Route) has four routes marked routes. Blue, Green, Red and Yellow as a minimum. Owloon (which is accessed from Ridgeback and Rhebokskloof is marked Purple).

Visit our routes page for more information about each route as well as to search routes open to hiking, running or riding.

White routes represent links between trailheads and traverse the reserve while Pink indicated trails being built.

Black routes are for hiking only.



On the Trails

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At Specialized Paarl

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Annual memberships give you access to over 400 kilometers of trails around Paarl, Wellington, Banhoek and Franschhoek to run, hike or bike. See our routes page to find routes that are accessible to each discipline.


Day visitors are welcome at Paarl Trails. Simply enter your details here, select your payment method on checkout and receive your day permit by e-mail within minutes.

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