The start of the trail at Merricks is to the north side of the Station Ground Recreation Reserve outside the parking area which is 230 metres along Merricks Road. Follow the cyclone fenced pathway / narrow track in the roadside reserve to the start of the trail proper. Beware of mud in winter. This is a shared walking, equestrian and mountain biking trail.
The trail climbs steadily past vineyards and farmland for two kilometres providing good views over Western Port to Philip Island and the Nobbies. There is even a couple of seats there for you to rest on at around the half way mark. After a sharp right turn, the trail continues down a short steep hill and through a horse jump style to the end of Tonkins Road. Once you are in Tonkins Road you will see the route continuing off to the left.
The trail is now on the original railways easement and ascends more gently to Red Hill, first through pine trees (look for colourful fungi in autumn), then two small cuttings.
At Red Hill, look for the plaque at the former station site just before the first shop. This commemorates the 75th anniversary of the railway opening. There is a mountain bike park here, so keep an eye out for cyclists. The trail continues to a small reserve with a toilet block next to Point Leo Road behind the shops.
Return via the trail or continue on across Red Hill Road towards Arthurs Seat on the 'Red Hill Trail'.
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