35km TRAILS LITTER FREE WELL MARKED PEACEFUL AFFORDABLE FRIENDLY SECURE
The park is nestled in the mountains of the Vredefort Crater UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is 12km from Parys (Free State) on the North West bank of the Vaal River.The recorded history of Koedoeslaagte dates back to the Great Trek. The Koekemoers and Van Vuurens were part of the Battle of Blood River on 16 December 1838. The Voortrekkers thereafter left the Republic of Natalia (Kwazulu-Natal today) and settled in the Free State and Transvaal. Great-grandfather Van Vuuren settled here on Koedoeslaagte along the Vaal River. Because of his part in the Battle of Blood River, the then Commission of Monuments honoured him by covering his grave with this commemorative stone. One of Great-grandfather Van Vuuren’s daughters married Gottlieb Rudolph Koekemoer and she inherited this part of the farm where the Koekemoers live today. The Van Vuuren monument, the Anglo Boer War trench and the ruins of the original farmhouse are still here and can be visited at Die Ou-plaas. Since 1972 there has been no formal farming activity and the natural vegetation was restored. Today visitors can enjoy an unspoiled African wilderness on the banks of the Vaal River with miles of purpose-built trails for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and horse riding. Paddlers can enjoy the open waters or navigate between the multiple islands.
What you can do at koedeslaagte?
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The Saturday 25 May stage 1 will feature a hill-top finish and will incorporate the 7km Lekka Run (a fun, but not-to-technical, run)
The Sunday 26 May stage 2 will also incorporate the first ever Free State ASA Provincial Trail Running Championships!