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Business name: Circles in the Forest Trail
CATEGORY:: Activities
Type: Walking Trail
About (Owner’s description): Situated in the heart of the Knysna indigenous forest, Circles in a Forest trail beckons hikers to explore the beauty of the Goudveld Forest. A section of this track follows an old mining path along the bank of the Forest Creek. Starting and ending at the Krisjan-se- Nek Picnic Site there is a choice of two magnificent trail options: one trail of 3 km (about 1,5 hours) and one of 9 km (about 3 hours).

This route takes you to the heart of this indigenous forest, past Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that have been growing there for hundreds of years, tree ferns that are over 3 meters tall, babbling streams and exquisite fungus. It is a beautiful easy to moderate walk through the forest. There is a swimming spot in a cool forest pool with small fish species in and also a beautiful pool with a waterfall.

The effort level ranges from easy to moderate, making these trails accessible to anyone over the age of 5. This route was previously known as the Woodcutter's Trail but was named in 2008 after one of the famous novels by the acclaimed South African author Dalene Matthee during the unveiling of the memorial. Hence, these routes are now known as the Circles in the Forest Trail.

Directions

Follow the N2 from George to Knysna. Take the Rheenendal turn-off 15 km before Knysna. Continue along this road for about 20 km until you reach Rheenendal. Take the Bibby's Hoek and Goudveld turn-off just past Rheenendal. Turn to the right here and follow the dirt road until you reach a four-way stop. Continue straight on until you reach the access gate and pay point. Krisjan-se-Nek is about 4 kilometres further on. GPS coordinates: S33°91'67" E22´95'77"

Permits obtainable from the Goudveld entrance gate at Bibby's Hoek.

Entrance Fee: There is a minimal charge for a permit. Permits obtainable from the Goudveld entrance gate at Bibby's Hoek.
Contact Person: Goudveld Forestry Station
Website: https//www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/
Street Address: Bibby's Hoek
Town: Knysna
Suburb: Rheenendal
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (44) 389-0129
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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