The Salt Pan Creek Trail in Riverwood
There is some excellent exploring to be done on bike and on foot around Salt Pan Creek which is in the suburb of Riverwood.
I started my ride from John Mountford Reserve which is really handy to the corner of the M5 and King Georges Rd. I then crossed south under the M5 and headed west next to the M5. You can ride for a few kilometers on pretty good trails crossing only three roads. You will then come to Salt Pan reserve which you can bypass on good trail to the north. Alternatively bump around on a mountain bike on a longer trail for a laugh by heading the long way round.
Crossing under the M5 past some street art and you are at Mclaughlin Oval. This is another good entry point to the trail and a good place for kids to start riding. If you want to do a bike ride and then pack the bikes away and do a walk, this is a good place to start.
From the Oval, you start to run into about a 1.5km of wooden walkways. You need to walk on these as they are not so wide and the council says they may fine you. That said, where in Sydney can you walk on 1.5 km of wooden walkways in mangroves. So walk and ride south down Salt Pan Creek till you get to a bridge. You can ride a little further where it turns into a walking track.
To avoid walking back up the walkways, cross the bridge and head left on a neat little trail that ends up at Riverwood Park. Head down Union and the Roosevelt Streets till you get to the Karne Street reserve. Now you are back on the original trail.
Head back to where you started.
Notes: You could train to this trail by getting off at Narwee Station which is near John Mountford Reserve.
This trail is very kid friendly if you start near the Riverwood Community Centre or McLaughlin oval and you will have about 3 kms of trail to ride on. If you want to add another 8km and see the engineering work on the M5, read this >>
Pictures starting at the John Mountford Reserve, head west to Salt Pan Creek and then return back through Riverwood to the same trail and head back to the start. The map shows where you need to be aware about walking on wooden walkways and also the easy way to head around the giant reserve.
This is as far as you can go down Salt Pan Creek, turnaround
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