WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
Cyclists, joggers, trail-trekkers and baby-carriage pushing parents flocked to the Paint Creek Trail on the first warm weekend of May. The trail opened in 1983 as the first rails-to-trails project in the State of Michigan, and today it remains one of the most popular multi-use trails in Oakland County.
The trail runs north from the City of Rochester to the Village of Orion, an 8.9 mile route built eight-foot wide with crushed limestone on a former Penn Central Railway bed. Its route embraces the banks of Paint Creek, a cold water trout steam. The trail has multiple access points and excellent signage. It meanders through woodlands, past wetlands and patches of prairie, while offering a tempting taste of the Wilder Side of Oakland County. Continue reading