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Clinton River Trail is a 15.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near West Bloomfield, Michigan that features a lake 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
15.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
367 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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
3 months ago

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
Wednesday, December 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
Monday, August 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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

mountain biking
Thursday, March 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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