Oakland County’s Paint Creek Trail: Michigan’s First Rails-to-Trails Project

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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A light drizzle did not slow the Spring Charity Bike Ride on the Paint Creek Trail.

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

Exploring Nature Near You in the Six Rivers Landscape

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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The first Saturday of June is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the largest celebration of trails in the country. No matter where you are this Saturday, a trail awaits you. National Trails Day events will take place all across the country and will include hiking, biking and horseback riding, paddling trips, bird watching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more. Continue reading