Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area, entrance
Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area, entrance (photograph: Dan Broun)

Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area

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​Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area is the place to go for mountain biking fun. The reserve boasts a network of popular mountain bike trails in Tasmania’s northern hub of Launceston. Whether you are taking the family for their first bush ride or are a more experienced rider looking for a couple of hours of easy enjoyment, Kate Reed can provide.

If mountain biking is not your thing, you can also utilise a selection of the Reserve’s tracks for running, hiking or taking your furry friends for a walk through the bush. The Reserve, which features various eucalypts and many small threatened plant species, is named after Kate Reed, the wife of the late Henry Reed who owned Mount Pleasant Estate. The estate once included the land that today makes up Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area.

​​​​Kate Reed’s small hills, short climbs and descents, and narrow, tight and twisty tracks make it an ideal multi-purpose area for walkers, runners and mountain bikers. The 6km of ‘mountain bike preferred’ track is well suited to inexperienced riders or those with lower levels of fitness. If you are planning a walk in the reserve it might pay to check if any events are scheduled. The Launceston Mountain Bike Club runs time trials in the reserve which are highlighted on its Facebook page.  The ‘cunning running’ fraternity stages occasional orienteering challenges so be alert for serious athletes on wheels and on foot. 

Dogs need to be kept on-lead at all times for the safety of track users.

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