Manly Dam
Manly Vale, NSW

At a Glance

Trail Overview

Fire road
Loop or Trail Network

Riding Styles

XC / Trail


Blue (More difficult)

Best Time to ride

All year round, but avoid in the wet.

Dam fine riding in Sydney’s north. Manly Dam is the old faithful of northern Sydney’s mountain bike community.  Easy to link the Dam into other trails in the area like Gahnia and Seratta, or Red Hill

This 10km-ish loop is a mixture of rocky fireroads and moderately technical singletrack. The loop is signposted and is ridden is a clockwise direction. There are plenty of little side trails (some legal, so not). Despite the dam’s reputation as a great place for beginners, it’s actually pretty tricky in places – beginners are better served by the fire road riding around Terrey Hills.

There are dozens of places you can enter the dam, but the most popular option is to park next to the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory building on King St and then ride up into the fire road next to Manly Vale public school (at the southern end of Gibbs St). There is some parking available outside the school, but it’s best not to crowd it up.

Parking on King St is a good option as you then finish on a downhill too! NB. The trailhead shown on the map is the entrance to the fire road, right next to Manly Vale Public School.

Finding the Trail Head

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