The Main Mount Cole Rd, which runs from the small village of Raglan in the south-east to Warrak in the north-west, bisects Mt Cole State Forest (11 130 ha) and also provides access to the northern section of Mt Buangor State Park. As the two reserves adjoin they share similar plant and animal communities.
Small timber mills were set up here in the 1840s and they prospered in the goldrush era. Logging continues in Mt Cole Forest but is now banned in Buangor Park. Only one remains.
There are numerous picnic and camping areas which are clearly signposted off the Main Mt Cole Rd, and an extensive system of walking tracks, ranging from short family walks to overnight hikes. Particularly good is the 4-km walk through fern gullies and dry sclerophyll forest at the Ditchfield Camping Area along Camp Rd (signposted off Mt Cole Rd).
There are several fine lookouts in the forest, including Lookout Hill and Ben Nevis which is part of the Mt Cole plateau. Another track heads off the main road through the Mugwump Camping Area and up to the snow gums of Mt Buangor (993 m). These are two of the four hang-gliding sites in the reserve. Two fine scenic sites are The Glut and Victoria Mill Picnic Areas.
In all there are 250 km of tracks in the forest though many are only suitable for 4WD. Take care as the roads are narrow, winding and unsealed and logging trucks may well be just around the next corner. For further information ring 136 186.