Clinton River Trail

EASY 23 reviews

Clinton River Trail is a 15 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near West Bloomfield, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A Rail-to-Trail stretching between the Bloomfield Trail and Macomb Orchard Trail. The Paint Creek Trail also has it's southern terminus at a point in Rochester Hills. From the Offical Clinton River Trail map: Originally used by Native Americans as a route around the vast swamplands between Rochester and Detroit, this trail follows the Clinton River through most of its journey across Oakland County. The Grand Trunk Railroad, originally called the Michigan Air Line, laid down a rail bed along this route in 1879. When the railroad divested this portion of the rail line in 1998, The Friends of the Clinton River Trail group formed and became the catalyst for acquiring this property for trail usage. This led to the formation of the Clinton River Trail Alliance that pursued funding sources to purchase the property and developed the Clinton River Trail Master Plan to coordinate a seamless connection of the trail through the five member communities. Grant funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and GreenWays Initiative, as well as from the five individual cities made the land purchase possible, while funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation is assisting in the trails development. The ultimate goal of connecting this trail to a regional trail network is surely becoming a reality.

walking
5 days ago

Great trail as far as suburban Detroit is concerned. My wife and I have walked the West Bloomfield portion dozens of times and love it every time.

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

road biking
4 months ago

Me and my dad love to ride on the Clinton river trail. Its mostly level surface and gravel makes it a fun, and easy ride for bicyclists.
If you plan on riding all of its 40 miles, then you will have to go through the city of Pontiac -the only 'bad' part of the trail. The city streets make it hard to navigate and a little rough.
Overall, I enjoy this trail. Thank you Rails to Trails.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Great for biking, it also leads to some other trails that have more nature in it

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walking
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walking
Monday, October 24, 2016

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

hiking
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Monday, May 23, 2016

hiking
Sunday, August 31, 2014

mountain biking
Sunday, June 29, 2014

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 25, 2014