Paint Creek Trail

Paint Creek Trail of Oakland County, Michigan

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Paint Creek Trail

Trail Distance:

8.9 miles long.

Trail Description:

Paint Creek Trail is a 8.9 mile rail trail linear park in northern Oakland County, Michigan. The course of the park generally follows Paint Creek, a stream that flows southeast towards the Clinton River.

The trail is composed of crushed limestone and has a slope of 2% going south to north, and has a width of 8 feet. The trail is administered and funded through an inter-government commission representing the townships that the trail services.

Paint Creek Trail was named a National Recreation Trail in 2006.


Paint Creek Trail opened in 1983 as the first rail trail in Michigan. The trail is in the right-of-way of the former Michigan Central Railroad and Penn Central Railroad lines. The original rail line was built in 1874 and was in service until 1974. The property was purchased by the trail commission in 1983 for $450,000.


The trail runs through Lake Orion, Michigan, Orion Township, Michigan, Oakland Township, Michigan, Rochester Hills, Michigan, and Rochester, Michigan. The unincorporated village of Goodison is located within the Oakland Township boundaries. The trail also crosses into Bald Mountain Recreation Area.


The trail is used for a combination of recreation and exercise, with activities such as walking, jogging, running, cycling, and horseback riding. Motor vehicles are not permitted. The trail is conductive to other outdoor activities such as geocaching and bird watching; as well as trout fishing in Paint Creek.



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