The Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail was officially opened on Saturday.
The new trail provides yet another reason for visitors head to Victoria's historic goldfields region.
Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards joined Mount Alexander Shire mayor Sharon Telford and council representatives to open the trail and hear how the project will improve community wellbeing and boost the economy.
The 17.7-kilometre trail runs from Castlemaine to Maldon Station parallel to the heritage Victorian Goldfields Railway, which attracts tourists and train enthusiasts from all over Australia and beyond.
Ms Edwards said the trail would allow locals and visitors to enjoy our stunning natural surroundings as they travel alongside the historic railway.
The Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail is a key initiative of Mount Alexander Shire Council's efforts to improve and increase walking and cycling in the shire.
Mayor Sharon Telford said the trail connects the shire's two largest towns and is a wonderful addition to the region's walking and cycling network.
"It provides a new and interesting path for locals and visitors, with a flow-on effect for tourism and the local economy," Cr Telford said.
The state government provided $800,000 towards the total project cost of $1,011,000.