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The Hillbillies started in 1996 as a way of bringing mountain bikers together and as a voice to address issues related to mountain biking in George. Trail Runners and Hikers have since joined in our efforts to emphasize environmental stewardship, development, and upkeep of trails. Together our mission is to foster a deep appreciation for nature and encourage the exploration of our beautiful surroundings.

The following aims are based on the objectives and aims as documented in our constitution:

  • Promote mountain biking, trail running, and hiking in the George area
  • Attract both local and tourist enthusiasts to explore the diverse trails
  • Establish a comprehensive code of conduct for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers, emphasizing environmental care and protection
  • Collaborate with local authorities to develop and maintain mountain bike, trail running, and hiking routes
  • Provide training and development opportunities for individuals interested in these sports
  • Encourage appreciation of nature and enjoyment of the outdoors


Membership fees in large are spent on trails. Our commitment is to upgrade and maintain existing trails and routes. We manage forums to keep members up to date on information about trail conditions and concerns. Members have an opportunity to get involved by giving feedback on trails and changes you would like to see.

Trailforks is a mountain biking trail database & management system, supplemented with local user content. The Trailforks platform is used to keep track of trail details, locations and conditions.

You can view our Hillbillies trails here. Please be sure to download the trailforks app on your mobile device to use on the go!


Immerse yourself in the heart of outdoor adventure by becoming a member of Hillbillies Trails. Dive into the excitement of mountain biking, hiking, and trail running alongside a passionate community dedicated to preserving and expanding our trail network.

As a valued member, you wield significant influence in advocating for trail maintenance and expansion. With your support, we can effectively engage local authorities, government bodies, and land managers to ensure the growth and sustainability of our outdoor playground.

Joining our club not only benefits you but also enriches the entire outdoor community. Whether you're tearing up the trails on two wheels, exploring scenic paths on foot, or conquering rugged terrain as a trail runner, your membership strengthens our collective voice and ensures future generations can experience the beauty of our natural landscapes. Join us now and be a part of something greater than yourself.

Membership available online or from your your local bike shop in George. Once paid online, you can collect your Hillbillies permit card from our local bike shops.

Membership fees for 2024 are as follows:

Adults - R400 each
Kids (12years and younger) - R150 each
Family Package - R900 per family
Available at Bike Shops R150.00 per license. Day licenses are valid for 5 days.


In 2019 the Time Trials were changed to a 60 Minute Mayhem. The monthly event (every second Tuesday of the month) is hosted by the Hillbillies Club and free for members. The format allows 60 minutes to do as many laps as you can / want on the XCO track. 1 lap = 1 point. Series prizes at the end of the year. Routes and directions will vary throughout the series. The Ground Zero café will be open for snacks, soft drinks and Blacksmith Coffee ☕️. Bring your family along for a picnic under the trees. Events will be posted on the members Facebook page and Whatsapp groups.

Buy your yearly membership here


Braam Pretorius: 082 823 4264
Vice Chairman
Anel Strampe: 0083 314 1476
Sulene Brand: 074 578 5363
Isobel Rohwer: 084 660 7339
Trail Building and Maintenance
Richard Müller: 082 920 1834
Additional Members
Emile Kaselowski: 082 880 0760
Chris Barrett: 072 147 3808


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Local Bike Shops

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