Lace up your runners and get walking (or running) at Little Para, South Para, Myponga, Hope Valley, Happy Valley, Mount Bold, Warren and Bundaleer reservoir reserves.
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More than three kilometres of paths, including a two kilometre loop trail, through native bushland and gentle rolling hills provide an exciting addition to the local green spaces for nearby residents and the local community. A lookout offers visitors a sweeping view across the reservoir towards the dam wall and down the valley.
With a range of tracks on offer, Explore on foot through a changing landscape of native bushland and plantation forests. From the entrance to the north west peninsula is 2.9km, or you can head to the south west peninsula (2.5km) and south peninsula (2.1km). Pack a picnic and explore these shared use trails leading to water views.
The Grade 3 trails are suitable for most ages and fitness levels with some bushwalking experience recommended.
There’s more than 10 kilometres of trails to explore on foot, which takes you through a pine plantation, native vegetation and is perfectly positioned to showcase sweeping views over the water. Two trail grades with diverse terrain are available, suitable for walkers and hikers of all levels of experience.
Unlocking access to the southern section of the reserve, the trails also connect with the Kidman and Heysen walking trails, and the Onkaparinga National Park and Willunga Basin Trail for a more rigorous hiking experience.
The 3.3km loop on the south eastern side of the reservoir takes you across open plains, through forested areas and native vegetation, and is suitable for families with young children. The unsealed trails are suitable for walking and running.
An additional 3km of new walking trails has recently been added to the reserve's total network, unlocking access to an additional 140 hectares of the site. This Grade 3 trail is suitable for most ages and with moderate fitness levels, and bushwalking experience is recommended as it has short steep sections and uneven surfaces.
There are a total of 4.9km of trails in Hope Valley Reservoir Reserve linking into the O-Bahn Bikeway and giving opportunity to cross the dam wall and explore both the east and western sides of the reserve. The unsealed trail is suitable for walking and running.
The reserve’s picturesque 11 kilometre Shoreline Loop trail takes you along the water’s edge, through a pine forest, native flora and open grassy areas. It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete to walk, with the Boundary Loop walk slightly shorter. Both are Grade 4 trails featuring very steep hills and bushwalking experience is recommended.
For a shorter and easier walk, you can take the two kilometre Southern Loop (Grade 2, 25 minutes) with gentle hills, or the four kilometre Woodland Loop (Grade 3, 50 minutes), which has some short steep hills.
There are more than 28 kilometres of trails to explore at Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve. If you’re looking for something a little more vigorous, there is a trail link to Glenthorne National Park – Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, making the combined area more than 1,500 hectares.
Two unsealed trails provide a great Australian bush experience with water views. The 5.5km West Warren Reservoir Reserve loop and the 8.8km North Warren Reservoir Reserve loop are graded as moderate hikes (Grade 3). They are suitable for most ages and fitness levels with some bushwalking experience recommended.
The 4.6km loop trail takes you around the entire reservoir, including over the dam wall, so you can take in the reservoir from all aspects.