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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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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.


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.  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 tricountytriangletrail@gmail.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 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.


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!



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!