Big thanks to TTT member Tom Pieratt for his generous donation of the registration
fees for this Tri-County Triangle Trail web site!
Trail Safety! Following a few guidelines will prevent unnecessary accidents.
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 if parking along road.
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 diligently 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 signage, pavement surface 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 regularly remove fallen trees and branches, power sweep the trail,
mow parking areas, make pavement repairs and clean up litter along the trail. Recently
TTT has sealed cracks in payment and applied an environmental friendly sealant to
extend trail life. 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. 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!
Budget demands and loss of revenues by the Ross County Park District, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tri-County Triangle Trail is a 501c3 non-profit so your contributions are tax deductible.
Tri-County Triangle Trail, Inc. Board of Directors 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.
Maps and Trail Amenities
Trail MapInteractive Google map of trail. Zoom in for more detailed information
and use satellite view for ground features. Shows features, parks, water, restrooms,
restaurants, points of interest and more along or near the trail.
Trail Amenities A list of services including rest areas, restaurants, parks, water,
point of interest, historic sites along or near the trail.
Distance is 18.2 miles (Rosemoor Rd to Washington Court House and Paint Creek Recreational
Trail to/from Chillicothe.
The 25thTri-County Triangle Trail "Cookie" Bicycle Ride
Sunday, August 18, 2019 - Start 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Rain or Shine, Brad Lightle Memorial
Park, Frankfort, Ohio
This is our 25th anniversary year of our Cookie Ride! Hard to believe that we have
been doing this ride for 25 years! This is our major fund raiser and supports trail
maintenance and improvements. This year the trail is facing major issues with erosion
and general maintenance. The trail in Ross County is owned and operated by the Ross
County Park District and in Fayette County the trail is owned the Tri-County Triangle
Trail (us), a non-profit supporting the trail. The Ross County Park District is
in dire need of additional funding to operate and maintain not only the 20 miles
of the Paint Creek Recreational Trail but many other parks and nature areas. Much
of the trail pavement is over 20 years old and needs repaired and/or replaced, some
bridges need new decking and structural repairs and there are 3 major erosion areas
along Paint Creek that threaten to impact the trail right now. The Park District
lacks necessary funding to address these issues. In Fayette County we depend on
the help of the Wayne Twp and Union Twp Trustees , the County Engineer and in both
counties trail volunteers. That is why your support of the Cookie Ride is important!
Without it the trail would most likely be closed! We need your support more than
ever to keep the trail open and usable. So please consider making and additional
donation to our efforts to maintain the trail. Every dollar of every donation goes
directly to trail maintenance as all our officers, members and volunteers are not
GENERAL: This is a non-competitive, bicycle tour on well maintained, paved county
roads, bike trails and a few low traffic state routes in Ross, Fayette and Highland
Counties. Take your time and ride at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and
scents of a quiet country ride of mileages of 14, 21, 36, 50, 62 (metric century)
miles, with free homemade cookies along the way.
START: All routes start at the Brad Lightle Park in Frankfort, Ohio. (GPS Address:
68 S Main Street, Frankfort, Oh) Frankfort is a small rural village in Ross County,
65 mi. east of Dayton, 50 mi. S. of Columbus. Take the Frankfort (Clarksburg Frankfort
Road) exit off US 35. Start and day of ride registration times will be between 7
and 9 am. Longer route riders should plan on leaving Frankfort no later than 8:00
a.m. All riders should depart no later than 9:00 a.m. We kindly ask that all riders
arrive in Washington CH by noon for snacks.
ROUTES: Our routes feature the beauty of Ross, Fayette and Highland counties with
interesting and historic sites along the way. All rides will incorporate sections
of the 32 mile Tri-County Triangle recreational trail featuring streams, bridges,
natural areas and country vistas. Longer routes do have some moderate hills. The
14, 21 and 35 mile routes are great for beginning tour riders, while the longer routes
do have some moderate hills and are more challenging.
FOOD: Free snacks, including homemade cookies, will be available at start/finish
in Frankfort and in Washington Court House at Chrisman Memorial Park rest stop at
18 miles (restroom and water available). Lunch, snacks, water and drinks can be purchased
at Pettits Market in New Martinsburg (50 and 62 mile), and multiple restaurants in
Greenfield (62 mile only).
SUPPORT: There will be SAG support vehicles available, by cell phone (numbers on
map), to help with minor repairs. NO SAG SERVICE AFTER 2:00 P.M. All emergencies
should be reported to local law enforcement by calling 911 or the local law enforcement
HELMETS: All ride participants agree to wear an ASTM approved bicycle helmet. Make
sure it is properly fitted and secured.
FEES: Ride fees are $20 per person or $30 per family if registration postmarked
by 8/11/18, $20 per person/$30 per family after 8/11/18 & day of ride. 100% of proceeds
from this event will be used solely for development and maintenance of the trail.
MORE INFO: Call 740 775-9322 (Chillicothe), 740-313-4104 (Washington Court House)