The 11 kilometre trail starts at a small car park on the Grampians Road, 700 metres south of the Western Highway. The trail is relatively flat, on fine gravel and travels predominantly through picturesque bushland towards Heatherlie Quarry.
From the car park at Stawell West, the trail heads west towards the Grampians with the first 2.5km being on a gravel path. The rest of the trail (about 9km) follows the old rail alignment, parallel to the Grampians Rd, and then onto Mt Dryden Rd, in close proximity to Lake Lonsdale.
Bridges have been constructed and an 80 metre boardwalk has also been completed. The trail continues on to a car park at Mt Dryden Rd.
At Heatherlie Quarry, a short section of trail is suitable for walking to this fascinating site. A number of quarry buildings are still standing, and there is plenty of interesting mining equipment to explore.