Grafton

Bom Bom State Forest is the home of Grafton’s MTB trails. Bom Bom is about 5km south of Grafton, just off the Pacific Highway. To get to the trail head, turn left off the highway onto Old Lilypool Road. Travel about 2km west until you reach the last gate in the forest, on a sharp right hand bend. There you will see an open gate and cattle grid entering the forest. Follow the dirt road (Boundary Road) for about 200m. Follow your nose a bit and you will see trails leading off into the ironbark and spotted gum forest. We have been careful not to make the trailhead too obvious, I’m afraid, due to ongoing concerns over unwanted motorcycle use.

The trails at Grafton have been growing since February 2010, courtesy of the efforts of the Bom Bom Bandicoots: turn your back overnight and there’s been more digging going on.

The original ethos of the builders was to make a series of trails that could be ridden by riders of all ages and abilities, in any direction or order. There now exists about 22km of singletrack. Since the early phases of building and the success of this plan, some newer tracks have been made more challenging and somewhat directional: notably Uncle Teddy’s Wonderland, Harlow’s Howler and Dipper. The gentle terrain of the location and near absence of large rocks means that Bom Bom SF trails are generally low to, at most, moderate in their technical rating, making it a great spot for beginner and recreational MTBers. In general, the tracks are quite tight, winding through trees and small gulleys. The soil is hardpack with what’s known locally as “pea gravel” over the top of much of it. This makes cornering at times “interesting”. More advanced riders will find challenges of their own in trying to ride 10/10ths through the tight trails and intriguingly sketchy corners.

Bom Bom’s trails, as at 23/11/2011

There have been a couple of additions since, but this will get you started. Zoom out on the map and you’ll see the Pacific Highway to the east and Grafton to the north. That should orientate you and get you to the trails. The Old Lilypool Rd entrance is the best and most used.

For more day to day info on what’s happening in Grafton, go to the Bom Bom Racing facebook page

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