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Tri-County Triangle Trail, Inc.

A Volunteer Non-Profit Supporting Multi-Use Trails in Fayette, Ross and Highland Counties


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If you have comments, compliments or concerns about the trail in Fayette County (mile marker 24.5 to 30.0) please email: Tri-County Triangle Trail  Note: the Fayette County Park District does not maintain or own the trail in Fayette County.


If you have comments, compliments or concerns about the trail in Ross County (mile marker 4 to 24.5) please email: Ross County Park District or call 740.773.8793.


Site updated August 8, 2022

Trail Safety!  Following a few guidelines will prevent unnecessary accidents.






Be Courteous.

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.

Be Predictable.

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.

Keep Right.

Stay as near to the right side of the trail as is safe, except when passing another user.

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 road.

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 Chillicothe.


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 tricountytriangletrail@gmail.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 contributions.


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


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 clean.  


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.


TTT submitted a grant proposal to Fayette County Travel and Tourism to update and replace trail information, user and safety signs in Fayette County.  We are pleased to announce that the grant, in the amount of $3,500 has been approved!  Order for signs has been completed an new signs will be arriving soon.  This includes new stop, stop ahead, directional arrows, safety and information including distances to destinations.  Look for signs to be installed in the next month by TTT volunteers.  


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 to Wilmington.


Quick Fact:  The Paint Creek Recreational Trail between Washington Court House and Chillicothe has been designated State Bicycle Route 4.  State Bicycle Route 4 connects Xenia to Marietta as the

Designated East-West Bicycle Route across Ohio!  CLICK HERE for Google Map of trail.


Good News! The Tri-County Triangle Trail Cookie Ride will return this summer!  Date is Saturday, August 27, 202 2 starting at Brad Lightle Park, Frankfort, Ohio 7-9 a.m.  Also check our Facebook page for any additional  information!


CLICK HERE to view/print registration form and ride information. If possible complete registration form and bring it with you to ride. This will save time at registration table. Not necessary to pre-register. There will be day of ride registration available for all riders.  

CLICK HERE for directions to Brad Lightle Park.  If you need an address use 94 Main Street, Frankfort, OH.  Park is behind this address (Village Service Building).