Clinton River Trail is a 15.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near West Bloomfield, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, mountain biking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.7 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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A Rail-to-Trail stretching between the West Bloomfield Trail to the west and the Macomb Orchard Trail to the east. The Paint Creek Trail also has its southern terminus at a point in Rochester Hills. The map shown here shows the entirety of the Clinton River Trail. The trail crosses many roads, so there are many trailheads throughout Rochester Hills and Pontiac. 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.

8 days ago

Pleasant enough trail going from West Bloomfield out to Shelby. I did the Auburn Hills to Shelby portion, and it was very well maintained. As far as scenery goes, nothing all that special about this trail though. A few marshland vistas and several spots to hangout by the river, but nothing to give it a real wow factor.

mountain biking
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Nice and flat and wide path. Basic trail, nothing exciting as far as I’m concerned.

road biking
3 months ago

Trail was very appealing from Rochester area terminus to just shy of Pontiac. More of a sidewalk/curb lane after that.

hiking
7 months ago

road biking
8 months ago

after riding many rail trails, I would rate this one: average. Not a big fan of the recycled gravel or pavement I forget which one but if you're on a road bike prepare for a rough ride #choppy

hiking
11 months ago

Not paved except for crossings from Leech Rd to mile 0. Defiantly not “partially paved.

hiking
Thu Apr 04 2019

Very good trail, hiked it today. However, the nicest part is from Rochester to Auburn Hills. As soon as you enter Pontiac, you enter VERY rough areas - i.e., simply sidewalks in the middle of downtown Pontiac. If you do decide to do the entire trail, bring something to protect yourself with if need be.

hiking
Mon Feb 18 2019

Old train track route converted to a wide flat gravel path. Good for getting from point A to point B without having to deal with much vehicle traffic.

walking
Wed Dec 06 2017

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.

road biking
Mon Aug 07 2017

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.

Tue Jun 20 2017

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

mountain biking
Thu Mar 06 2014

My wife and I cycled this trail in the fall of 2013. It is a flat, hard pack linear trail. (We rode mountain bikes with front suspension and large volume tires which made the ride enjoyable) It was quite cool (around freezing) but sunny. Started at the Dequindre Rd trail head and cycled west to the Crooks Rd trail head. The first section was quite scenic thru the Bloomer Park area paralleling the north side of the Clinton river. We rode at a leisurely pace (8-10 mph stopping frequently for photo opportunities and to enjoy the vistas. A few of the street crossings were quite heavy with traffic travelling at 40-50 mph. Be cautious when crossing! All in all it was a pleasant out and back ride with a reward of hot apple cider and fresh sugar donuts at Yates Cider Mill just south of the Dequindre trail head.

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road biking
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