A Volunteer Non-Profit Supporting Multi-Use Trails in Fayette, Ross and Highland
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Recent Trail Projects!
All the projects listed here are the result of generous donations of our members
and supporters, the funds raised by the annual Half Marathon and 5K and the Cookie
Ride, the dedicated efforts of the members of TTT and the support and coordination
with local government.
Trail Volunteers (pictured above) clear 150 dead Ash trees from 2 miles of trail!
On Saturday, January 30 volunteers worked to clear dozens of dead trees from along
the 2 miles of trail between Jamison and Bush roads in Fayette County. The trees,
mostly Ash, presented a hazard to users if they fell across the trail and clearing
them will allow healthy trees to grow improving the trail. Thanks to Bruce Willis
for organizing the work and Tom Pieratt, Moses Schwartz, Adam Willis, Randy and others.
The Recyclers Bench that was crushed this summer by a falling tree has been rebuilt
and improved thanks to Bruce Willis and Moses Schwartz and funding for materials
by Tri-County Triangle Trail! Look for it at mile 12 midway between Frankfort and
Covered Bridge Completed! The bridge is located on the trail 1.6 miles east of the
Robinson Rd in Fayette County. The adjoining property owner has also contributed
to the project with funding and material support.
Two miles of new trail between
Jamision and Bush Roads west of Washington Court House has been completed and is
open for use. Funding was provided by Recreational Trails Grant awarded earlier
this year by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and a local contribution by
Tri-County Triangle Trail in the amount of $27,000. This is the first of several
projects needed to connect Washington Court House with Wilmington. The trail runs
parallel to US 22 on the north side. Additionally a grant has been awarded to the
Clinton County Park District to construct up to 7 miles of the trail in Clinton County
with completion expected in May 2016!
Trail Maps, Parking, Places to Eat, Water, Restrooms and Picnic Areas along trail
User Guidelines For Multi-use Trails
Please help make the trail safe for everyone by using the following guidelines:
All trail users, including bicyclists, joggers, walkers, wheelchairs, skateboarders,
bladers and skaters, 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: KIDS AND PETS CAN
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
signals, don't wear 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.
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.
Always Exercise Due Care And Caution!
Good News! Grant Approved!!!
On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
presented a grant of $500,000 to the city of Washington Court House to extend the
Tri-County Triangle Trail from the trail head at Robinson Road west to the City of
Washington 2 miles to connect to existing trail at Old Chillicothe Road and to extend
the trail from Washington Park in Washington Court House west to the YMCA.
Pictured is Jim Zehringer, Director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources (left),
Joe Denen, Washington City Manager (right) and center Deb Doles and Doris Hill of
Tri-County Triangle Trail accepting a check in the amount of $500,000. Also pictured,
Jackie Doles and Bruce Willis, President of Tri-County Triangle Trail, Ben Roby Washington
City Council, Tony Anderson Fayette County Commissioner.
Ever wonder what our volunteers do to help keep the trail open? Well, here is a
partial list. In Ross County our volunteers work with the Ross County Park District
and County Engineer to assist in trail maintenance. In Fayette County the Fayette
County Engineer mows the Tri-County Triangle Trail 3 to 4 times per year. Update:
Wayne Twp Trustees have agreed to mow the trail for the Cookie Ride August 21 and
consider assist in routine mowing. Volunteers do all maintenance on the 2 mile Jamison
to Bush Friendship Trail.
1. Mow/trim Shaw Wetland Parking area, assist in mowing trail berms 2. Remove fallen
limbs, trees and litter from trail 3. Blow debris off trail after storms or county/park
district mowing 4. Repaint graffiti damaged, stolen or broken signs 5. Fill potholes
with asphalt 6. Mark/remove hazards on trail surface such as ground hog holes 7. Replace
worn or tighten boards on bridge decks 8. Cut back overhead branches and growth along
sides of trail 9. Install and maintain benches along trail 10. Remove dead trees along
trail that may be danger to users 11. Maintain web site/facebook page supporting trail 12. Operate
two major events for fundraising: Cookie Ride and Half Marathon/5K 13. Purchase right-of-way
to preserve for future trail development 14. Provide local funding for trail grants
(more than $30,000 last year) 15. Support local efforts to improve environment such
as the City Farm project along Paint Creek 16. Provided funding and assist in building
of installing covered bridge on trail, the only covered bridge in Fayette County 17. Assisted
in building a boardwalk through Shaw Wetland, Vernal Pond and signage at site 18.
Fund major improvements such as paving trail from Mills to Fairview Rd in Fayette
County at a cost of $27,000!
Riders leave Hopewell National Park Service parking lot at 4731 Sulphur Lick Road,
Chillicothe, (corner of Maple Grove Road). Ride first to the Frankfort Dairy Cone
on Springfield Street to pay for pie and ice cream and then be served at the Concord
Twp. Fire Station. This community ride is endorsed by the Tri-County Triangle Trail
& Dairy Cone.
Total distance is 14 miles (7 miles each way), bicycle headlight and taillight for
return trip after dark! Helmets are strongly recommended!
Everyone welcome for this leisurely ride on the trail. No intersections.
Pictured left is Tri-County Triangle Trail member Mike Beery receiving volunteer
of the year award from the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau for his
work to help keep the trail enjoyable for users. Mike help with maintenance with
repairs, mowing, clearing debris, trees and brush. Thanks Mike! If you see him
on the trail be sure to stop and think him for his work!
Trail Conditions: Excellent (9/19/16):
Trail is in great shape! The trail berms have been mowed. Always be aware of fallen
branches, trees, erosion, walnuts (so far not many), gravel and marked safety issues
as conditions on trail change continuously. Always observe stop signs at intersections!
Cross traffic has right-of-way and visibility may be limited at some intersections!
Good News! The Fayette County Commissioners have sent a resolution to the Fayette
County Probate Judge to begin process of creating a park district in Fayette County!
The probate judge will then have up to 40 days to research the issue, hold a public
hearing and, hopefully, create a park district to include all of the county. On
September 6 a public hearing held by the commissioners showed that there is strong
support for a park district in Fayette County.
If created, Fayette County would join adjoining counties Greene, Madison, Pickaway
and Ross counties with Park Districts. The park districts in these counties have
made great strides in providing recreation opportunities to their respective communities.
Tri-County Triangle Trail supports this initiative for many reasons including access
to to recreation and nature, improving quality of life, improved health and and economic
development by attracting and retaining businesses. We believe that a Park District
provides the means for the county to advance many important issues by obtaining funds,
both public and private, to develop a plan and coordinate efforts county wide to
improve quality of life.