25.5 miles
2,705 ft
-2,706 ft
1,707 ft
High Point

A 3Rivers Trails Permit is required to access this route. See the 3 Rivers Trails website for permit details.

The Forts. With an abundance of history and several incredible features along the way, the newly marked Forts route provides trail users with a 41km route with approximately 1000m elevation and is clearly marked with a bright green arrow.

The Forts route starts by ascending Ox Wagon Pass and taking a right turn just before the climb to the Ox Wagon bench. It then continues around towards the back of Ox Wagon, past the red and black turn into Ox Wagon and towards the back of the Longmore Tower. This scenic route takes trail users past two historic forts, built during the Anglo-Boer War, the upper Van Stadens Dam, a beautiful waterfall and pool and the original Van Stadens Dam caretaker’s cottage which is home to the original Ox Wagon which was used during the Anglo-Boer War.

Detailed Description
3Rivers: The Forts is a 26 mile popular expert route located near Thornhill. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 2,705 ft with a max elevation of 1,707 ft then descends -2,706 ft.
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Trails in Route

CVF 0061 mile
Oxwagon Pass2 miles
LF 0161,427 ft
OWP 0041,096 ft
OWP 0031,732 ft
Cool Runnings3,566 ft
Dambuster Climb367 ft
Puttergill Lane1 mile


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More Stats for 3Rivers: The Forts mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    782 ft
  • Altitude start
    795 ft
  • Altitude end
    794 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Cool Runnings
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