One of my favorites. Starting in downtown Rochester and riding out to Lake Orion, you'll get a nice scenic ride with plenty of shade and beautiful views of the river and woods. We always see deer and other wildlife when riding on the path. There is a service station at the cider mill if you get a flat and it's a great place for a pit stop for snacks and an indoor bathroom. Perfect fall ride with lunch or dinner in down town Rochester.
This is a Rails-to-Trails trail, so it's flat and very easy. It's a nice trail if you live nearby and want to do some easy workout/hikes during the week or a family bike ride on the weekend. The trail can be crowded and parts of it essentially goes through people's backyard. There are various parking spots along the trail, so if you don't feel like doing the entire 8 miles, you can always do part of it. I find this trail very boring, but I can see this as a good trail for children, older people, or joggers.
I did my long runs on PC starting in Rochester to Lake Orion and back - 18 miles round trip. Great for running - all dirt. The only things missing are some hills. Add them by doing some repeats up and back at the Dutton Road crossing a few miles west of Rochester. Dutton Hill will wake you up.
The paint creek trail is a wonderful running, biking trail that is well maintained. It can get quite busy during the week after working hours or on weekends. Also the crossroads require you to stop and at times can be traffic laden. The fine gravel is good for a cross bike but not okay for a road bike.