The Forestry SA Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve was devastated by the catastrophic bushfires in December 2019. The reserve is comprised of commercial pine plantation and native forest, which has high-value conservation status.

The Fox Creek Mountain Bike Park, within the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve, is one of the most popular and well-used mountain biking facilities in the Mount Lofty Ranges. The site hosts formal state and national events and has significant informal use, supporting local businesses and recreational clubs.

Riding and walking trails, including the well-known Heysen and Mawson trails, were razed and related infrastructure destroyed in the fires.

The fires also had a devastating impact on the Mount Lofty Ranges landscape, communities and towns adjacent the forest reserve, such as Cudlee Creek, Lobethal and Woodside.

A key outcome of the strategy will be to raise the forest’s status as a significant mountain biking destination.

The strategy will be aligned to the re-establishment of the commercial pine plantation and regeneration of the native forest, providing decision-makers with a strategic framework for funding and development of an integrated future trail network.

The project will provide a framework designed to generate significant community, recreational and economic benefit in the wake of the 2019 Cudlee Creek bushfires.