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Level: Beginner
Length: 40 mi (64.4 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Other
Elevation: -
Total: 5 riders

Mountain Biking Belgrad Forest

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Belgrad Forest is a natural forest located north of Istanbul. It is a popular picnic area and may be crowded at the weekends, but the trails are quiet most of the times. There are many options from easy to technical tracks, some on dirt and some asphalt is also available. The forest is located near Black Sea coast and the elevation changes wildly across the forest, so be prepared for a lot of downhills (and climb of course!). The track is usually a car-width.

First added by glitch34 on Jan 15, 2015. Last updated Apr 27, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Belgrad Forest is located north of Istanbul on the European side and accessible by public transportation. 40 minute ride from City centre.
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Rider questions

Q: Hi, I see it is around 15KM from Taksim...do you think it is wise to bike from there to go to belgrade forest (because of traffic) or better to use the metro until haciosmann?
A: I don't recommend riding in traffic in Istanbul, way too dangerous... metro is a safer bet. you can also consider bahcekoy bus line which terminates very close to the entrance of the forest. once you enter, take the road on the left and dive into the trail on your right which is blocked by a log, 1 - 2 km from main entrance. happy riding.

Q: Hello, I'm going to Istanbul in june and I'm planning to ride around the park, from Kemer to Sariyer and those areas. My girlfriend (lives in that area) says it could be dangerous to ride a road bike in that area due to traffic, burglars and stray dogs =$ ,,, I disagree off course and feel it should be fine to ride early mornings in that area. I hope you can give me some insights for that area on how to make it safer and more enjoyable. Thank you!

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  • GlobalTrek

    Nice system inside a municipal park. Lots of elevation change, some single track, mostly wide/packed foot trails and fire roads, with a paved road system running through the park. (Beginner-Intermediate) About an 30 min cab ride north of Istanbul (ask for a station wagon cab). Apparently 99% of the Ubers here are vans as well for parties of 2 or more.

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  • glitch34

    Belgrad is full of different style of tracks for everyone, most of the trails are wide enough for fire trucks but there are less beaten paths for more technical riding. Area is not flat at all, there are many climbs and downhill sections, and it can be quite challenging, especially when there is mud due to rain or snow. Area is best to avoid on Sundays due to crowds coming here for picnic, but it's still possible to ride quietly even in most crowded days, because it's a huge forest and you'll find areas to avoid the crowds. I strongly suggest visitng it during the week though, sometimes I ride for hours without seeing a single soul... (except for the deers, eagles and other exotic animals that still survive)... Contact me if you are interested in visiting this trail and need guidance.

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