Another brilliant project from the folks at TrailScapes (think Goolwa Pump Track and Angaston Mountain Bike Loop) the Aston Hills Adventure Trail Park is essentially a mountain bike playground in the middle of the new housing development of Aston Hills in Mount Barker.

According to the TrailScape website “The Mountain Bike facility comprises of a descending Flow trail that incorporates timber features, berms, rollers and can be “sessioned” over and over again by climbing back up via a picturesque path weaving through giant gums. There is a pump track (like a BMX track, where the aim is to “pump” to gain momentum around the track rather than pedal), and a fun skills park where you can improve your balance skills on the timber boardwalks. The facility was designed to respect and fit its environment and cater for a wide range of users.”

If your little mountain bikers are a bit put off by the big hills (which to be fair are very reasonable for all ages), make sure you check out the pump track and skills track at the bottom of the trail. Designed for learner riders to hone their skills, this is where this 38 year old Dad with a sore lower back will be starting once I get my $80 K Mart mountain bike. A fantastic facility in the heart of the hills. Well worth the drive and don’t forget to hit a bakery or coffee shop on your travels to support the local businesses.

Why not make a day of it and check out a few of our favourite Adelaide Hills playgrounds while you’re up that way.

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