Naseby Forest is closed when fire danger is determined to be high. Look for posted signs.
The Mount Ida Water Race offers an enjoyable cruise suitable for the whole family, and can be accessed from any number of points around Nasbey (including Coalpit Dam, Hoffman's Dam, and the swimming dam near the holiday park in town). The riding is fairly similar throughout, with a level and well-maintained trail following immediately alongside the waterway.
The only occasional challenges occur where the water race temporarily disappears into siphon pipes to traverse steeper valleys. In these spots the trail steepens for short sections, which can easily be walked. An out-and-back in either direction from any starting point is a good introduction to mountain biking for novices. Advanced riders will use this track as a connector to more difficult singletrack in the surrounding forest.
History & Background
The Mount Ida Water Race was opened in 1877 to bring water to the mining operations near Naseby, and today brings water for agriculture and other uses.