Bomb, flow, hurtle or delicately pick your way down, the Forrest Mountain Bike Park has something for you.
Set within the beautiful bushland and rolling landscapes of the Great Otway National Park and the Otway Forest Park are over 65 kilometres or over 16 purpose-built waymarked singletrack trails for riders of all skill levels. Forrest hosts some of Victoria's key mountain biking events each year, and is home to a craft brewery, excellent cafes and activities including walking, fishing and horse riding.
Choose a trail that's right for you
The trails of Forrest are clustered into two main areas to the north and south of the town, with two designated trailheads the best access points.
Forrest Trailhead is located on the main Forrest-Birregurra Road, just south of the brewery. This gives access to three trails to the west and three trails to the east. Yaugher Trailhead is located a short drive north of town on Boundary Road.
Both areas are also accessible on bike from the centre of Forrest. Use the Forrest Loop Trail for the southern trails and the Forrest-Birregurra Tiger Rail Trail to access trails in the north via Tiger Loop Trail.
The southern trail network
The southern trail network offers ‘Easy’ to ‘More Difficult’ rated rides, with three shorter, interconnected loop rides accessed on the western side. These trails take in big eucalypt forest and dense fern gully environs.
The dual-use Forrest Loop provides an easy access loop to all southern trails, and a descent with long, flowing corners to the West Barwon Valley makes for a nice introduction to mountain biking.
Riders may choose to take a ride out to impressive Lake Elizabeth via Baridjaru, returning on the fun-filled Red Carpet. Alternatively, the Rollercoaster is a great one for beginners or a warm-up lap on its own, and also connects with two other more challenging trails: Third Time Lucky, great for learning technical riding techniques, and Follow The Dog, a more demanding technical ride.
The Yaugher network
The Yaugher network to the north hosts the most trails, with 10 of the 16 found here, representing 45 kilometres of the 65 kilometres overall network. The topography is mostly undulating over a firm sandy soil base that hosts a very different vegetation profile to that in the south. Riders weave, often tightly, through a sea of grass trees, along with tea-tree sections and more open scrubland. The trails here have been built by a number of different trail designers, so the changing characteristics keep the riding interesting.