Paint Creek Trail

Rochester, Michigan 48308

Paint Creek Trail

Paint Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Paint Creek Trail beginnings go back to the 1800s, when a railroad was constructed on the route by the Detroit and Bay City Railroad. Over the years, it was owned and operated by the Michigan Central Railroad, the New York Central, and finally the Penn Central, moving passengers and freight along Paint Creek.

The railroad has been removed, replaced with an easy-riding crushed stone, and footbridges, benches, and overlooks have been added, making the 8.5-mile trail one of the best rails-to-trails in the state. Things to see: Scenic views of Paint Creek, ponds, cedar swamps, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, cider mill."

Paint Creek Trail Reviews

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This trail has some beautiful scenery along the way. It's good on bike or you can hike it as well. I've done both and always really enjoyed it. There's lots of wildlife usually including deer. There's usually always people there but it never feels very crowded. It's not a tough trail at all but I think it's a really beautiful place and it feels very safe if you're a female on your own.
Great for a family bike ride! Mostly dirt trail except when crossing roads. Lots of small wildlife, deer, snakes, bobcats, chipmunks. Small ponds along the way with blue herons.
Beautiful ride. Pedaling along the rushing brook gives way shortly after the Paint Creek Cider Mill and Restaurant (which appears to be closed) to a trail past several very nice mini-estates, a couple of which have been kind enough to provide tables and benches for a break or a picnic. Shortly after, we rejoin the river as it crosses under, and we cross over, Clarkston Road. There is parking here, near to the old dam and grist mill. Less than a mile further on, we come upon Lake Orion. Or turn left at the crossing, onto Kern Road and head south to Bald Mountain State Park. Good connections to other trails, Pollyanna to the northwest and Clinton River Trail to the South. Clinton River Trail then connects to the Macomb Orchard Trail to the east and I understand to the Birmingham Trail to the west, although I have not ridden that way.
lime stone trail...but very smooth...slight up grade all the way from Rochester to Lake Orion...very sceneic...goes past the Paint Creek cider mill in Goodells as well as many other historic sites...AWESOME fall ride or walk...colors were just starting to change next couple weeks will be GREAT...only problem, weekends, nice days after 10 am trail gets very congested its ok for a casual ride...but, if you are doing any kind of training or looking to get from point A to point B in record time: go early morning !

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Riding Time

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Jul 2018