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. 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!
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 email@example.com
Tri-County Triangle Trail is a 501c3 non-profit so your contributions are tax deductible
as permited by the IRS. Check with your tax accountant for IRS rules/limits on charitable
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.
Delbert “Deb” Doles, a founding member of Tri-County Triangle Trail, passed away
peacefully on August 12, 2019. Deb was a a passionate driving force to develop the
trail from Chillicothe to Washington Court House and and worked as the corresponding
secretary/vice president for many years. He will be missed and a beautiful trail
used by residents of the region and beyond will serve as a reminder of his commitment
to recreation in our area.
Bridge 10 Repair Completed
TTT volunteers completed repairs to Bridge 10 allowing re-opening of the trail between
Austin parking/SR 138 and Austin Road. The rails were crushed by a large tree fall
on the bridge in June. Four volunteers were able to fully restore the bridge at
a cost of $350 in 4 hours which also included replacing rotten or worn deck boards
and adding a bench to an overlook offset on the bridge! We hope to pave the deck
in the next couple of weeks to extend deck life and reduce the maintenance of replacing
worn deck boards.
Pictures: Left - damage done by falling trees; Above Left - volunteers work to repair
railings and deck boards; Above Center - repair completed; Above Right - bench added
to creek overlook at center of bridge. Total cost $350 with four TTT volunteers
(Bruce, David, Mike and Hugh) worked 4 hours to complete repairs. This is just one
example of how TTT volunteers support the trail with funds raised from members, generous
donors and fund raising events such as the annual cookie ride.
The estimated cost to repair this bridge was $6500! Our TTT volunteers completed
the significant damage and reopened the bridge for $350! This is how your membership
dues and donations are used!
Unfortunately the 2020 Cookie Ride has been canceled for the safety and health of
our fabulous volunteers that have given time and financial support to make this annual
event continue for so many years. We plan on a great 2021 Cookie Ride and look forward
to your continued support of our fund raiser. As you may be aware we are facing
a serious problem with opening the trail and keeping it open for today and future
generations. We are working closely with the Ross County Park District to repair
severe erosion problems caused by recent years rainfall and the natural changes that
occur in streams. These repairs will require funds to protect the trail and in some
cases relocate the trail away from eroded banks of the North Fork of Paint Creek.
We have a plan and have located a local concrete business, Deskins Concrete, that
has made available at no cost a large supply of clean concrete rip rap that can be
used to harden banks to stop or slow erosion. We have also agreed to help with transportation
costs. Without a cookie ride this year we have a critical need for funds to accomplish
our goal of being a major partner with the Ross County Park District to open the
Paint Creek Recreational Trail and keep it open for the benefit of Ross, Fayette
counties and the region. We are asking trail supporters to donate to our cause by
becoming a member for only $15 a year per family and/or send a donation. Send your
membership or donation payable to:
Tri-County Triangle Trail
P.O. Box 887 Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Thank you so much for your support!
TRAIL IS OPEN FROM CHILLICOTHE TO WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE!
On August 13 Tri-County Trail Volunteers installed safety fence and safety signs
just east of the Double D Bridge to allow the trail to be opened. TTT Volunteers
also completed the repair of bridge 10 just east of Austin Road last week and replaced
the stairs and bench on the observation deck on the Double D bridge. This bridge
was dedicated to Doris and Deb as a tribute to their efforts to make the Paint Creek
Recreational Trail a reality. The safety measures were completed with the approval
of the Ross County Park District. Plans are in the works to complete remediation
of 2 erosion points on the trail this fall. The bridge 4 erosion is the most severe,
but with fencing and creation of a path away from the area trail users can now pass
through this area safely. Please do not cross the safety fence as the bank is unstable.
Bicyclists please walk bicycles for the approximately 50 feet around along the fence
as the trail is not paved.
An exciting moment occurred this morning at Bridge #3 around 11 am, where we opened
the gate to reopen the trail with approval of the commissioners (Jim and Michael).
Jackie and Doris and Tim (Deb's son) and David and Mike and I were elated. Note Doris's
signal of approval!
Observation deck stairs have been replaced on Bridge #4 and the bench seat has been
replaced as well.
Thanks to all who helped with these projects to reopen the trail!