These inter-jurisdictional trails follow the path of old railroad lines (and in some cases, major waterways) and provide wonderful opportunities for walking, jogging, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding (where permitted), and nature observation.
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CLINTON RIVER TRAIL
This 12-mile trail crushed limestone trail (pictured at right, in Rochester Hills) follows a railroad line through central Oakland County, including Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, and Rochester. It connects with the West Bloomfield trail to the west and the Macomb Orchard Trail to the east. The trail is open for the most part, although some of the surface has not been completed, and there are road intersections slated for improvement.
For more information, visit www.clintonrivertrail.org
PAINT CREEK TRAIL
This 8-mile long crushed limestone trail follows Paint Creek through five communities in northern Oakland County. The northern end of the trail begins in the Village of Lake Orion, continuing through Orion Township, Oakland Township, Rochester Hills, and Rochester, where it ends in Rochester Municipal Park. You can also continue through downtown Rochester on the paved Paint Creek Walkway and join up with the Clinton River Trail near Second Street. Open daily from dawn to dusk, year round.
For more information, visit www.paintcreektrail.org
POLLY ANN TRAIL
The Polly Ann Trail is a 14.2 mile long, non-motorized trail that connects the northern Oakland County communities of Orion Township, Oxford Township, the Village of Oxford, Addison Township, and the Village of Leonard. It utilizes the abandoned P.O. & N. (hence the name Polly Ann) rail line and transverses through some of the most beautiful and untouched landscape in northern Oakland County. The trail is open year round during daylight hours and is restricted to non-motorized uses. Walking, hiking, jogging, cycling, horseback riding, and cross country skiing in winter are just some of the activities enjoyed by users of all ages.
For more information, visit www.pollyanntrailway.org
MACOMB ORCHARD TRAIL
The Macomb Orchard Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized trail on 19.5 miles of abandoned railroad in central and northern Macomb County, from Shelby Township through Washington Township, Romeo, Armada Township, and Richmond Township. The name was selected in recognition of the many orchards in this area of the county. The trail has been paved through Shelby Township. The trail also connects with Stony Creek Metropark, Bloomer Park, and the Clinton River Trail.
For more information, visit www.orchardtrail.org
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