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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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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 Hopewell Park.

 

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!

Click to View Latest Newsletter - July 2016

Updated 9/21/2016

Questions?  Email tricountytriangletrail@gmail.com
 

Trail Maps, Parking, Places to Eat, Water, Restrooms and Picnic Areas along trail  CLICK HERE

User Guidelines For Multi-use Trails

 

Please help make the trail safe for everyone by using the following guidelines:

Be Courteous.

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.

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: KIDS 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 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.

 

Link to Record Herald article

 

Wonder what do our volunteers do?

 

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!

Want to help!  Email us at tricountytriangletrail@gmail.com

Announcing!!
2016 Annual Pie Ride

Thursday October 6

6:30 p.m.

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.