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.
A Few of the Trail Improvements Completed in 2017
Keeping the trail open and in good repair requires a lot of work and is completed
with very limited funding sources. The trail is maintained by 4 governments agencies
with the support of the Ross and Fayette County Engineer as well as Tri-County Triangle
Trail, Inc a 501c(3) non-profit.
As the longest and most scenic trail in southern Ohio we encourage you to visit the
area and ride the trail and support the trail. We promise a scenic adventure! Please
support the trail!
City of Chillicothe maintains 6 miles.
The Ross County Park District 22 miles.
Tri-County Triangle Trail, Inc. non-profit 6 miles.
The City of Washington 2 miles plus an additional 4 miles of city trails.
Frankfort Village maintains Brad Lightle Park with restrooms, water, shelter and
parking for the trail.
Local law enforcement and EMS provides services to trail users.
Below is a list of the many projects undertaken by the Ross County Park District
to improve safety and rider experience last year.
Stabilized a steep bank that threatened the trail near Austin Rd and installing a
Repaired root damage to trail surface between Frankfort and Maple Grove Rd.
Patched trail in several places, improved drainage and removed hazardous trees.
Corrected drainage issues by installing tile under the trail in several places to
remove standing water on trail along Veterans Parkway to Larrik Lane.
Last fall following a flash rain storm east of Frankfort that washed out culverts
along and under trail leaving debris, mud and rocks across the trail. The park district
reacted quickly to clean up the trail obstruction left by the storm.
The Park District treated all bridge decks between Old SR 35 west to Fayette County
to reduce danger of users falling and made repairs to erosion caused damage at abutments.
The Park District removed several large trees that fell across the trail.
Conducts the the day-to-day maintenance of the trail including mowing, trail pavement
repairs, drainage improvements and repairs to bridge decks and trail pavement damage.
Tri-County Triangle Trail funded the sealing cracks and trail surface from Robinson
Road 5.5 miles east to the Fayette County line and 2 miles of the Clinton-Fayette
Friendship trail. The process will help protect the trail from the environmental
damage, extending trail surface life 10 years. The eco-friendly product applied
by Biorestor is made primarily from soybean oils, is as or more effective than tar
based sealer plus has the added advantage of not making the trail slippery as it
cures. Cost approximately $40,000!
Two of the three bridge decks and approaches in Fayette County have been repaired
and paved. Funding provided by Fayette Travel and Tourism grant ($2,000) and Tri-County
Triangle Trail ($3,000).
New trailside maps have been stalled at several locations along the trail including
Robinson Road Trailhead in Fayette County, Austin Trailhead and Maple Grove Rd in
Thanks to the Fayette Wayne Township Trustees for mowing the Fayette County section
of the trail again last year, the Ross County Engineer for repairing a serious erosion
problem near Austin Rd and paving Larrik Lane, the Fayette County Engineer for removing
brush at intersection to improve visibility at Mills Rd. intersection and our volunteers
who help keep the trail clear, mow the Robinson Rd Trail Head, pick up litter and
many other tasks to keep the trail looking as good as possible.
24th Annual Cookie Ride August 19, 2018
Brad Lightle Park, Frankfort, Ohio
Mark your calendar for this annual fund raiser that benefits the Paint Creek Recreational
Trail. The Paint Creek Recreational Trail is a 34 mile paved recreational trail
connecting Chillicothe, Frankfort and Washington Court House passing through scenic
Ross and Fayette Counties.
100% of the proceeds of this event is utilized to improve the trail. Last year funds
from this event helped with costs of improving bridges, sealing trail pavement to
extend life and install new signs for trail users.
We will offer marked routes of 14, 21, 38 and 50 miles for beginning to experienced
riders. Participants will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ross, Fayette and Highland
counties and the hospitality of our volunteers and, of course, our famous homemade
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.
Distance is 18.2 miles (Rosemoor Rd to Washington Court House and Paint Creek Recreational
Trail to/from Chillicothe.
Trail Maintenance Update: Attention! The Fayette County Engineer has completed cutting
back honeysuckle and other weeks that were encroaching onto the trail from the Robinson
Road trailhead east to Fairfield Road and the Friendship Trail between Jamison and
Bush Roads. TTT volunteers completed a final clearing with trail blower the trails
are now in great shape! The Ross County Park District has completed mowing of the
trail from Fairview Road east to Chillicothe.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE FAYETTE COUNTY ENGINEERS OFFICE AND THE WAYNE TWP TRUSTEES
FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN MAINTAINING THE TRAIL!!
The Fayette County Park District is applying for an Ohio Department of Transportation
grant to construct 4.6 miles of trail from the Greene County line east to Milledgeville.
This represents about 1/3 of project distance between Washington Court House and
the completed Jamestown Connector to connect to the southwest Ohio trail system at
Xenia with connections to Dayton, Urbana, Springfield, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland!
Read more at the Record Herald
Next Tri-County Trail Meeting will be held July 17, 2018 at 6 PM. Location will
be at the Buzzards Roost Shelter House at 514 Redbird Lane, Chillicothe, Ohio. This
will be a potluck dinner at 6 pm prior to meeting. Bruce will bring drinks, cups,
ice, chips and dip.