Clearwater Trails – Port Edward

Clearwater Trails is based in Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal, roughly 7 km inland from the sea. Clearwater is made up of a series of colour coded loops that wind through Beaver Creek Coffee Estate, Crag’s View Wild Care Centre and Red Desert (the smallest desert in the world). The trails cater for the novice rider to those riders looking for a bit of a thrill with some exciting descents, river crossings, steep climbs and all of them offering incredible views. Clearwater can be enjoyed in all weather conditions; the wetter the better as long as you stop off for that fresh cup of coffee at Beaver Creek Coffee Estate as the trail goes past their restaurant. A self-service bike wash bay is available with all the brushes, equipment and degreasers you need, provided by them so that you can get your bike looking as good as new before you enjoy some lunch at the Clearwater Café.

Oi!! Don’t forget to stop for some of the best coffee you will find, it is a cyclist’s tradition after all.

One bottle of water or two?

Trails vary in distance from 11 km – 30 km.


How should I prep my bike?

All purpose chain lube is recommended and tubeless tire pressure should be relatively low as well as tubes for that added traction on the climbs and river crossings.


When can I ride?

Monday – Sunday, Summer: 06h00 – 18h00, Winter: 07h00 – 17h00


Small change or personal loan?

R30 per person.


Where do I park?

Safe and secure parking available.


Do I need to find a bush?

No need, toilet facilities are available at the Clearwater trail office and halfway at Beaver Creek.


Take me, quick and easy!

-31.0467        30.1972

S 31° 2.802’   E 30° 11.832’

S 31° 2’ 48.1” E 30° 11’ 49.9”


I have burnt all my energy, where can I eat?

There is a café at Clearwater and a restaurant at Beaver Creek.


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You loved the trail, now go show them some love!

Website: Clearwater Trails and Cafe, Twitter handle: none, Facebook page: Clearwater Cafe and Trails

Trail specifics


Distance: 11 km
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, mostly flat with some climbing, suitable for children with geared bikes.

Black ( Branches off the blue )

Distance: 16 km
Difficulty: Hard
Terrain: Jeep track, single track, steep climbs, berms, rivercrossings.

Red desert ( Natural un-maintained track, branches off the black)

Distance: 6 km
Difficulty: Hard
Terrain: Steep downhills, river crossings, rocky single tracks, berms.

By December 2013 there will be a new route extending the total amount of ride-able trail to 42 km. Guided rides of up to 50 km are also an option and these will have you heading out to explore the wild coast regions.