Tri-County Triangle Trail, Inc. was formed in the early 1990’s by a few forward looking
citizens with an idea to convert abandoned railroad right-of-ways into public multi-use
trails from connecting Chillicothe, Frankfort, Greenfield and Washington Court House.
Since this corridor formed a triangle the name for the group was established.
Our mission has been to support recreational trails in Ross, Fayette and Highland
Counties by working with local government agencies. Through fund raising events,
corporate donations and member contributions we have purchased over 20 miles of right-of-way.
We subsequently donated the land to local government or Park Districts to develop
the trail. We have assisted with maintenance, installation or facilitating the
construction such things benches, rest stop kiosks, signs, as well as funding safety
improvements. We have seen the recreation trail system grow from 0 miles in 1990
to more than 32 miles since our group was founded.
We continue to support the development of trail, as well as, maintaining and enhancing
trail experience. Currently we are working to develop an ongoing maintenance program
to assist the Ross County Park District and Fayette County Engineer in the routine
maintenance of the trail.
Washington Court House - Tri-County Trail Connector: A 2.4 mile section that would
connect the Washington City Trail at Washington Cemetery terminus east to the Tri-County
Trail head at Robinson Rd.
Washington Court House Eyman Park - YMCA Connector: This trail would connect the
city trail system from Eyman Park to the new YMCA on SR 41.
Washington Court House Temple Street - Eyman Park Connector: A 700 ft. Trail under
railroad bridges to connect Temple Street to Eyman Park. This trail would complete
the trail through the city.
Washington Court House - Xenia Connector: A 13.4 mile section from Washington Court
House west to the Green County (right-of-way acquired) line to connect to the Greene
County Park District Jamestown Connector.
Washington Court House - Wilmington Connector: An 18 mile trail southwest to Wilmington.
Acquisition of right-of-way completed with grant application for starting construction
submitted January 2012. This project is funded by the Clinton County Park District
and Tri-County Triangle Trail with grants, if approved, from Clean Ohio Fund and
Washington Court House - New Holland Connector: An 8 mile trail east from Washington
CH (right-of-way acquired) from Old Chillicothe trail end to east to New Holland.
Pickaway County Park District has acquired right-of-way east to Circleville.
We also support trail extensions to connect schools, residential areas and work place
to make pedestrian, handicap and bicycle transportation for work, recreation, shopping,
health and eductional facility access safe and easy.
Once these trails are complete the region will have a connected recreational trail
system which will enhance the recreation, health, quality of life and economic development
of our region. This will make Washington Court House a major trail hub in SW Ohio.
All that has been accomplished would not have happened without the dedicated help
of government, citizens and Tri-County Trail members. Here is a partial list of
the many groups that made what has been accomplished possible: the Ross and Fayette
County Commissioners, the Ross County Park District, the Ross and Fayette County
Engineers office, Village of Frankfort including the mayor and council, City of Chillicothe
including council, mayor and parks department, City of Washington including the city
manager, council and service department, the city of Greenfield, the Washington Tree
Committee, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and former Representative Dave Hobson
and private citizens, the Ohio Department of Natural Resouces and our members that
made substantial contributions in terms of time and cash contributions. Without
the help and support of these and many more, none of this would be possible.
Recreational trails are the ultimate “green” transportation system. They offer not
just affordable recreation a way to get to work, school and shopping carbon free.
They provide habitat for wildlife and enable citizens to enjoy nature in a peaceful
quiet way away from traffic and urban noise. The benefits of recreational trails
are many and we hope that communities continue to connect there residential, shopping,
schools and parks with these ribbons of green transportation.
Tri-County Triangle Trail Milestones include:
1990 Group organized
1994 Acquired 20.3 miles of abandoned railroad
1999 First 4 miles paved from Frankfort east towards Chillicothe
2000 Trail grows by 2.75 miles to Maple Grove Road
2002 Trail grows again by 2.0 miles, connecting to new Adena High School from Frankfort
2002 Dedication of the Delbert Haines trail in Washington Court House
2003 Greenfield obtains grant to build trail in city
2004 4 miles completed in Ross County from Maple Grove Rd to Pleasant Valley Road
2004 Grant to repair and replace bridges and compacted limestone bass from Washington
CH to Ross County line
2006 Bridges in Fayette and Ross County are competed
2007 Ross County Park District Completes Paving from Frankfort to SR 138 (Austin)
2007 Robinson Road to Fairview Rd in Fayette County is paved
2008 Limestone base is installed between Fairview Rd in Fayette County and Austin
in Ross County
2009 Parking area constructed at Robinson Rd. Trail access in Fayette County
2011 Six mile section completed between Austin in Ross County and Robinson Rd. In
Fayette County linking 32 miles of trail from Chillicothe-Frankfort-Washington Court
House city limit. TTT contributes $78,000 for local match to make project possible
for Ross County Park District to complete.
2011 Grants approved to purchase right-of-way from DP&L from near Wilmington northeast
to Washington Court House and from Washington Court House to New Holland
2011 TTT and Lions Club volunteers construct 640 feet of public boardwalk at Shaw
2011 TTT contracts for asphalt topcoat on one mile of trail between Fairview and
Mills Rd at a cost of $26,000
2012 Clean Ohio Grant Applications submitted by Tri–County Triangle Trail and the
Clinton County Park District to begin construction of trail connecting Washington
Court House and Wilmington