A Volunteer Non-Profit Supporting Multi-Use Trails in Fayette, Ross and Highland
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Recent Trail Projects Completed
New Benches Installed: Tri-County Triangle Trail volunteers installed 2 benches
donated by the Ross County Park District. The benches are located at mile 22 west
of Austin Rd and at mile 23.5 mile west of old route 35.
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. Great view!
Covered Bridge Completed! The bridge is located on the trail 1.6 miles east of the
Robinson Rd in Fayette County. This is the only covered bridge in Fayette County!
It is unique in that it is curved!
Two miles of new trail between Jamision and
Bush Roads west of Washington Court House has been completed and is open for use
with parking at Jamison Rd and Bush Rd. (map) The trail runs parallel to the rail
line on the south side.
Funding was provided by Recreational Trails Grant awarded by the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources and a local contribution by Tri-County Triangle Trail in the
amount of $27,000 and administrative support from the Fayette County Commissioners.
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.
The Clinton County Park District has opened 7 miles of trail at Sabina. This will
eventually connect Washington Court House and Wilmington. (map)
Please help make the trail safe for everyone by using the following guidelines:
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!
Wonder What 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!
The 23rd annual Tri-County Triangle Trail Cookie Ride will be held on August 20,
2017 at Brad Lightle Park in Frankfort, Ohio. New this year we will feature a metric
100 km ride (62 miles). We will continue to have rides of 14, 21, 38 and 50 miles
featuring beautiful scenery, friendly volunteers and of course our famous homemade
cookies. How far are you willing to ride to get the best cookies in the land!
Annual Nite Pie Ride, another community ride - Thursday, October 5, starting from
the National Park Parking Lot at Sulphur Lick & Maple Grove Roads at 6:30 p.m. –
yeah! It’s going to be a full moon. See you there!!!!
Trail Conditions 7/22/17: Overall trail is in good condition. Use caution at all
intersections as cross traffic does not stop! Also use caution on Larrick Lane (Mile
4.5) as the road is rough. There few temporary 3 foot wide gravel surface pavement
breaks for drainage improvements between Veterans Parkway and Larrick Lane. They
are scheduled to be repaired in the next week or so.
NEW Information and Maps
Trail MapInteractive 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.
We got it! Just found out we were awarded the amount requested of $55,958 as defined
by ODOT to improve markings and safety on the trail. It will provide funds for mileage
markers and markings at all county, township or municipal road intersections, 14
in total. Centerline, stop bar and "stop ahead" thermoplastic wording will also be
installed.” This grant application was a cooperative effort of the Ohio Regional
Development Commission that supports infrastructure and economic in Southern Ohio,
Tri-County Triangle Trail, the Ross County Park District and City of Chillicothe.
The Ross County Engineer has completed work to stabilize a bank along Paint Creek
that was threatening the trail near Austin Rd. Thank you!
Two of the three bridge decks and approaches in Fayette County have been repaired
and paved. Funding provide by Fayette Travel and Tourism grant ($2,000) and Tri-County
Triangle Trail ($3,000),
The Fayette Wayne Township Trustees have agreed to mow 5.5 miles of trail again this
year in Fayette County located between Robinson Road and the Ross County Line. The
Union Township Trustees will mow the 2 miles of the Friendship Trail between Jamison
and Bush roads. Thank you township trustees!
Bruce and Hugh, as well as Ross County Park Director Joe Letsche, will be traveling
to the Ohio Valley Regional Planning Office on May 22 in Waverly to discuss and plan
a unified trail web portal site for the 11 county region.
New trail information sign has been installed at the Robinson Rd trail head at Mile
30. Benches for the Robinson Road Trail Head gazebo have been installed.
Construction of the Robinson Road to Washington CH and Eyman Park to YMCA connectors
has been delayed by right-of-way issue on the Eyman Park part of the project. This
issue is being worked out and hopefully the project can move forward soon. We will
keep you advised on this important project to complete the Chillicothe-Washington
Court House connection.
Volunteer has cut back honeysuckle along trail in Fayette County, swept trail and
cleared some low hanging branches over trail.
Volunteers replaced missing deck board on bridge 12 just north of intersection of
Old US 35.
Maintenance Alert Fayette and Ross County!
NOTICE: The Ross County Park District has
completed a preliminary inspection of bridge 15 (mile 23) located 1.1 miles north
of Old US 35 and 1.2 miles east of Fairview Rd (Fayette County). The preliminary
bridge inspection shows that there are some issues with the deck and abutments. A
full inspection will be completed soon. The bridge may be closed to trail traffic
as early as Monday, July 24 until repairs can be completed, approximately 5 days.
If there are closed signs please obey them.
Detour: If you are east bound turn right onto Fairview Rd, then left onto Old US
35 and proceed 2.1 miles and turn right back onto trail. If westbound turn left onto
Old US 35 and go 2.1 miles, turn right onto Fairview Rd and proceed .5 miles to trail.
Total distance of detour is 2.6 miles. The detour is only .1 miles longer than trail
The Fayette County trail section from Robinson Rd to the Ross County line (5.5 miles)
is undergoing crack sealing and repair. For a day or two the sealant may be wet and
stick to tires. Tri-County Triangle Trail approved the funds for the project ($6,000)
and contractor was able to begin work on July 20 and should be competed this week
(July 24-29). This treatment will protect trail from deterioration and water damage
this and extend the trail life.