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Tri-County Triangle Trail, Inc.

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

 

Visit our Facebook page!                                   Follow this LINK for a little railroad history of the trail!

Updated 4/26/2019

 

Questions/Suggestions?  
Email tricountytriangletrail@gmail.com

 

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.

 

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.

Stopping.

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.

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 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 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 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 tricountytriangletrail@gmail.com   

 

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 Map  Interactive 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.

Jamestown Connector East to Washington Court House Map: Follow this LINK for route from the Jamestown Connector, which connects Xenia Station west to Fayette County Line, with the Paint Creek Recreational Trail in Washington Court House.

Distance is 18.2 miles (Rosemoor Rd to Washington Court House and Paint Creek Recreational Trail to/from Chillicothe.

Announcing the

The 25th Tri-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 paid!  

Click Here to Open a PDF Ride Registration Form:          Registration Form    Adobe Reader Required Download Here

Follow this link for directions to the Cookie Ride Start:   Directions to Brad Lightle Park

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 jurisdiction.

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)