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Trail Safety! Following a few guidelines will prevent unnecessary accidents.
BICYCLISTS MUST YIELD TO ALL OTHER USERS OF TRAIL!
DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH FOR SAFETY REASONS... FOR YOUR PET AND OTHER USERS.
All trail users, including bicyclists, joggers, walkers, wheelchairs, skateboarders,
roller bladers, should be respectful of other users regardless of their mode, speed
or level of skill.
Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. Always look behind before changing
positions on the trail.
Don't Block The Trail.
When in a group or with your pets, use no more than half the trail so as not to block
the flow of other users.
Stay as near to the right side of the trail as is safe, except when passing another
Pass On The Left.
Pass others, going your direction, on their left. YIELD TO SLOWER AND ON-COMING
TRAFFIC. Use hand signals to alert those behind you of your moves. Look ahead and
back to make sure the lane is clear before you pull out and pass. Pass with ample
separation and do not move back to the right until safely past. REMEMBER: CHILDREN
AND PETS CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE.
When stopping, move off of the trail. Beware of others approaching you from behind
and make sure they know you are pulling over.
Give Audible Warning BEFORE Passing.
Give a clear signal by using voice, bell or horn before passing. Give the person
you are passing time to respond. Watch for their reaction. So that you can hear these
safety signals, please don't wear dual ear headphones on the trail.
Obey All Traffic Signs And Signals.
Use extra caution where trails cross streets. Stop at all signs and intersections
and be cautious when crossing driveways. When entering or crossing a trail yield
to traffic on the trail.
Be Respectful Of Private Property.
Trails are open to the public, but often the land on the side of the trail is private
property. Please respect all property rights and stay on trail and berm.
Clean Up Litter.
Do not leave glass, paper, cans, plastic, or any other debris on or near a trail.
If you drop something, please remove it immediately. If you do find litter please
help by picking it up.
Please! Do not block farm equipment access or park on private land if parking along
Always Exercise Due Care And Caution!
“Tri-County Triangle Trail” has a new name! Paint Creek Recreation Trail
The trail had official and “unofficial” names for sections of the trail in City of
Chillicothe, Ross County, Fayette County and City of Washington Court House. Now
the trail will have a single new name for the entire length.
Tri-County Triangle Trail Supports Recreation in Fayette and Ross Counties
Since it’s founding in 1991 Tri-County Triangle Trail, Inc., an all volunteer group
that has no paid employees or office, has supported the creation and maintenance
of recreational trails for walking, cycling, walking your dog, running or just enjoying
a nature walk. Working closely with the Ross County Park District, Village of Frankfort,
City of Chillicothe, Township Trustees, a 30 plus mile paved trail from Chillicothe
to Washington Court House was constructed.
Tri-County Triangle Trail worked tirelessly to acquire the right-of-way from the
railroad then donate the land to Ross County Park District in Ross County and then
support and assist in the completion of the trail from Washington Court House to
Along the trail you will see the natural beauty of the region including streams,
pastoral country views, wild life and flowers and even a covered bridge! However
maintaining and making improvements to the trail requires funds and labor to mow,
remove dying trees, cut back invasive weeds, repair root damage to pavement, repair
and maintain the signs, pavement surface repairs and construct amenities such as
covered benches. TTT makes funds available to assist in the maintenance and repairs
to the trail and volunteers of Tri-County Trail work regularly in Ross County with
the Ross County Park District and local Township Trustees, City of Washington and
County Engineer in Fayette County to maintain the trail and improve trail user experience.
Our volunteers help with maintenance of the trail. Recently TTT has sealed cracks
in payment and applied an environmental friendly sealant to extend trail life in
Fayette County. We have also converted a bridge to a covered bridge, paved bridge
decks as a maintenance repair, painted stop and stop bars at intersections, replaced
stop signs, repaired vandalism and completed paving of a mile of trail and improved
parking area at the Robinson Rd trail head. Volunteers have repainted the mile markers
on the trail at half-mile intervals starting at Chillicothe and ending at at mile
marker 30.0,Robinson Rd. in Fayette County All these improvements were completed
with the generous donations of trail supporters, income from our annual Cookie Ride,
and small, but important, grants from Fayette Travel and Tourism!
Increasing costs of maintenance as the trail gets “older” and some serious erosion
issues that need attention makes the contributions by supporters to Tri-County Triangle
Trail, Inc. and volunteer work on the trail even more important now than in the
past! To assist in our efforts please email us at email@example.com
Tri-County Triangle Trail is a 501-c3 non-profit so your contributions are tax deductible
as permited by the IRS. Check with your tax accountant for IRS rules/limits on charitable
Tri-County Triangle Trail, Inc. Board of Directors, members and supporters would
like to thank the Ross County Park District, Ross and Fayette County Commissioners,
Township Trustees where trail is located, the City of Washington Court House and
City of Chillicothe, the Fayette Travel and Tourism for their continued support of
making the Paint Creek Recreational Trail (Formerly the Tri-County Triangle Trail)
the longest and most scenic recreational trail in Southern Ohio!
We look forward to working to continue to improve the trail and keep it open for
generations to come. A priority is to support the effort to properly fund the Ross
and Fayette County Park Districts to meet the challenges of maintaining and improving
the trail and all parks in Ross and Fayette County.
On The Trail Today!
Trail Volunteers completed installation of new trail signs in Fayette County! A
big thanks to Fayette County Travel and Tourism for a $3500 grant for the new signs
and sign posts, the Fayette County Engineer for installing an additional 15 sign
posts and Tri-County Triangle Trail Volunteers for ordering and installing the new
The new signs included all new STOP, STOP AHEAD and CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP signs
at all intersections. Also installed were new mileage to destinations, points of
interest, a new trail name sign and more. We hope the signs provide better safety
and information useful to trail users! We are working hard to make the trail a better
place for outdoor recreation and enjoyment of nature! A big thanks to the Fayette
County Engineer for cutting back brush 10’ from trail berms and the Wayne Township
Trustees for mowing the trail!
TTT has purchased a powered trail blower which can be towed by our Deere Gator or
any vehicle with a hitch. It will be delivered soon and will help keep the trail
The Ross County Park District has obtained the required Ohio EPA and Federal permits
to begin work on the two most serious erosion points on the trail near Veterans Parkway
(mile marker 7) and at Bridge #10 (mile marker 11) west of Hopewell parking lot.
Work on these 2 sites will begin in December 2021 and as a result the trail will
be closed to all users along these sections until completed. TTT paid the $2,000
permit fee to the Ohio EPA. Work is underway to fix the erosion issue.
The Fayette County Engineer has started cutting back brush along the trail from Shaw
Wetland to Fairview Rd. Please use caution when approaching mowing equipment. Pieces
of brush can be thrown from the mower and cause personal injury. Trail users are
advised to wait until operator stops equipment before passing. Please stay back
at least 100 feet. Thank you!
Ross County Park District has mowed and cut back brush on western part of trail to
Fayette County line.
Fayette County Park District is currently working to acquire right-of-way land west
of Wash CH. Tri-County Triangle Trail is assisting with a $5,000 donation towards
the purchase. This is near Jamison Rd and will complete land acquisition to connect
Quick Fact: The Paint Creek Recreational Trail between Washington Court House and
Chillicothe has been designated State Bicycle Route 20. State Bicycle Route 20 connects
Xenia to Marietta as the
Designated East-West Bicycle Route across Ohio! CLICK HERE for Google Map of trail.
Pie Ride Returns October 6!
This is a 14-mile round trip bike ride event on a flat rails-to-trail bike
path that is open to all ages and all skill levels.
It begins at the Hopewell National Park at 6:30 p.m. Pie and ice cream
are available for purchase at the mid-way point in Frankfort, Ohio.
Since the return trip is at night, lights are essential and helmets are encouraged.
Please join this laid back community bike ride and enjoy the crazy bikes, lights
fun atmosphere. All riders and families are invited.
Thanks to all who participated in the 26th Cookie Ride to support the trail! A big
thanks to all volunteers that baked great cookies, marked the ride, made maps, registered
riders and helped in many ways! We are looking forward to the 27th Cookie Ride next
This was the first event and fund raiser for the trail since 2019 so your support
is greatly appreciated! We face challenges ahead as the Ross County Park District
continues to struggle with trail maintenance. Several miles of trail date back to
the early 1990’s and is plagued with root intrusion. Being a trail that follows
and crosses the North Fork of Paint Creek from Austin Road to Veterans Parkway erosion
caused by changes in the creek channel and by man made changes along the route threatens
the safety and path of this beautiful trail. Many of you have commented and made
suggestions to improve the trail for which the Ross County Park District owns. Tri-County
Triangle Trail supports this effort with the purchase equipment and volunteers which
save the Park District resources and improves the quality and safety of the trail.
Our volunteers assist the Ross County Park District by removing fallen trees across
the trail, make repairs to decks and repair bridge decks damaged by fallen trees.
Tri-County Triangle Trail maintains the 5.5 miles of trail with the assistance of
the Wayne Twp. Trustees and Fayette County Engineer in mowing and clearing brush.
This year we purchased a high power blower which clears the trail of debris and
is being used in Fayette and Ross counties. Tri-County Triangle Trail applied for
a grant in the amount of $3,500 to replace 54 trail information and safety signs
in the Fayette County! We are certain that with the support of Tri-County Triangle
Trail this beautiful trail will remain open for generations to come. It takes the
cooperation of all of us to keep the trail open to the public and safe for all users!
Tri-County Triangle Trail is continuing to support efforts to extend the trail from
Washington Court House west to connect to the Ohio Erie Trail at Xenia and southwest
to Wilmington and onto the Little Miami Trail in Morrow. The right-of-way has been
acquired and a grant to complete several miles of this project has been granted to
the Fayette County Park District. These projects will link Fayette and Ross County
to the most extensive networks of recreational trails in the country. It will bring
travel, tourism and great outdoor recreation to our counties. But your support is
needed to keep our trails safe and open for enjoyment now and future generations.
These trails are all open to the public. Discover the beauty of the trail system!
Whether you walk, jog, run, ride a bicycle or by wheelchair you can enjoy these
To make this possible volunteers are needed! If you would like to join our volunteer
force please complete and mail the following form: Volunteer Registration Form
To become a member click on the Membership button at the top! Your membership will
be appreciated and you will be able to keep up with important trail information with
our quarterly newsletter!