Forrest Trails Network: The Southern Loop

The southern trails surround the township of Forrest and offer riders six great trails ranging for easy to more difficult…the southern network contains the famous Red Carpet trail that takes you from Lake Elizabeth to the start of the Barwon River. Happy riding!

Forrest Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project Update:

March 2022: Trail Closures – Trails 5 & 6

After 10 years of work and hours and hours of dedicated commitment for community and Forrest Mountain Bike Club members, we’re happy to be finally turning soil within the southern trails network! With such a thrilling part of the project starting, it is important for community and riders to understand that there will be network closures during the construction period.

Distinctive Trail Developments began their upgrade works on Monday 21 March 2022. Therefore, for safety reasons Tracks 5 & 6 (Third Time Lucky & Follow the Dog) will be closed until further notice. To minimise the disruption for walkers and riders we’ll keep you updated with closure information! There are still lots of cool trails to explore within the southern and Yaugher networks….so we’ll see you out on the trails soon!


In another major step for the project, Dirt Art are commencing construction works on the new Barwon Flow Trails from Tuesday 5 April 2022.

Track closures for cyclists will be in place for:

  • Forrest Loop Track between Grant Street and the Forrest Loop/Barlidjaru Intersection.

Walkers will still be able to use Forrest Loop Track between Grant Street and Titchs Track.


Track closures for all users will be in place for:

  • Forrest Loop Track between Titchs Track and the Forrest Loop/Barlidjaru Intersection.


Forrest Loop closures are expected to be in place until 31 May 2022. Both Follow the Dog and Third Time Lucky trails will remain closed until further notice. The map below denotes the current changes.


When the upgrades and new trails are finished, Forrest’s southern trail network will offer adaptive rider-friendly product, world class jump flow trails, as well as the current and much-loved cross-country trails.  The Yaugher Trailhead will remain open throughout the works, offering a great alternative to people visiting Forrest for mountain biking.


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Forrest Loop #1
Rating: Easy – Distance: 3Km

This trail is primarily a link trail that runs through the Forrest Township. The circuit has some fun long flowing corners on the way down to the West Barwon Valley and then you’ll climb back up towards Forrest and eventually join the Forrest History Trail.

Please keep in mind that the Forrest Loop is an all abilities duel use trail for both cyclists and walkers.


Barlidjaru (Bar-lid-ja-ru) #2
Rating: More Difficult – Distance: 6Km

The local indigenous word for Platypus is “Barlidjaru”, (bar-lid-ja-ru). This trail links Forrest to Lake Elizabeth and climbs most of the way to the Lake Elizabeth carpark. You can leave your bike here and enjoy a walk to the Lake and maybe catch a glimpse of the lake’s resident platypi.

The moderate climb is the main feature of this trail! Sections of Barlidjaru form part of the Red Carpet and the trail is also duel use….. and frequented by native wildlife.


Red Carpet #3
Rating: More Difficult – Distance: 6km

The Red Carpet is a single track return trail from Lake Elizabeth. This trail flows through tall Eucalypt forests featuring fun, challenging descents and tight technical climbs for an exciting return option to the township. You’ve simply just got to hit Red Carpet when you’re in Forrest! The faster you go on Red Carpet the more technical it becomes…..with tight switchbacks, some steep sections an awesome finish, it’s easy to understand why the crew from the Otway Odyssey uses Red Carpet for the timed downhill!! This trail doesn’t cope very well with wet weather…. so please adhere to our track conditions advice!! Check out the Otway Odyssey’s clip on the Red Carpet descent.


Roller Coaster #4
Rating: Easy – Distance: 2Km

Connecting to the main Forrest Mountain Bike Trails trailhead, Roller Coaster is a wide, smooth and free flowing trail. With limited obstacles, this trail is ideal for beginners, families, or, a quick warm up lap before heading out on a more extended ride. Towards the end of the trail there are some Grass Trees and a couple of tighter corners.

The Roller Coaster helps riders to build their skills sets so they’re equipped to take on more difficult terrain in the future!


Third Time Lucky #5
Rating: More Difficult – Distance: 2Km

Third Time Lucky has plenty of trail features including bermed corners and jumps. This is an excellent trail to learn the different skills needed for mountain biking while enjoying the sensation of riding through the bush and old growth forest.

There’s plenty of “air time” on offer from an array of obstacle….you’ll be wanting to shred this trail over and over again!


Follow the Dog #6
Rating: More Difficult – Distance: 4.5Km

Follow the Dog is another trail that is worth trying at least two times, this free flowing trail takes you through tall open eucalypt forest and dense fern gullies. Physically Follow the dog’ is challenging; there’s a good long climbs and even better fast following decent with lots of features. The sweeping bearms on the run are unbelievably fun……and certainly closely rival the Marriners Run! If you haven’t taken this run before, take your time as some of the steeper sections can be punishing. Follow the Dog and the southern trails are a great place to come to get away from the hectic-ness of Yaugher.



Designed around the village of Forrest, these trails showcase the natural beauty of the Otway Ranges, passing through tall eucalypt forest, dry heathy scrub and magical fern gullies. The 16 trails have been built with real mountain bikers in mind and offer experience for beginners, intermediate and hardcore dirt fanatics....always choose a trail that suits your riding ability.

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