Paint Creek Trail

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Paint Creek Trail is a 18.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rochester, Michigan that features a river 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
18.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
347 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

road biking
22 days ago

Super fun bike trail! I did this on a rather warm day in the end of June, but there was plenty of shade along the trail to keep it cool. The trail itself is dirt/packed stone and a very easy ride. It rained heavily the day prior, but the trail was perfectly fine with only a few little muddy bits.

Great trail if you want to get a quick and easy 20 miles in.

road biking
9 months ago

One of the best rail trails to hike or bike in Michigan. Very scenic with tunnels of trees, a cider mill, and the Paint Creek along the way. Easiest to start in Rochester and go to Lake Orion and then come back - due to the elevation.

10 months ago

very nice

mountain biking
10 months ago

Excellent ride with many ways to access the creek throughout the route! Great for dogs!

road biking
11 months ago

rode this trail last summer from lake orion to Rochester. nice ride, moderate traffic at the time, only a few inconsiderate people. the trail follows the creek so it is an incline from Rochester to lake orion. trail ends connects to the Clinton river trail and leads through downtown Rochester. lunch at Rochester mills brewery was a nice break.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Beautiful scenery. Flat, easy rail trail. Very heavy traffic.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

awesome!

hiking
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nice shady walk

trail running
Friday, March 28, 2014

A bit boring for what I'm looking for, but well kept and links to other trail systems.

road biking
Saturday, November 02, 2013

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.

mountain biking
Friday, May 03, 2013

I saw 10 deer in various locations. One even crossed the trail just feet in front of me. The 20 mile ride was worth it for that alone!

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Great trail for biking! rode it from Downtown Rochester to Lake Orion and Back

walking
Friday, March 30, 2012

Its a nice trail for walking, not really hiking.there are parts that you can hike a bit off the beaten path but have to watch out because it does cut through peoples back yards.. Its a very nice trail though I walk it a lot..

walking
Monday, March 12, 2012

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.

trail running
Saturday, January 14, 2012

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.

trail running
Thursday, July 21, 2011

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.

hiking
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mountain biking
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road biking
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mountain biking
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road biking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

hiking
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hiking
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road biking
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