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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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Trail Safety!  Following a few guidelines will prevent unnecessary accidents.

 

BICYCLISTS MUST YIELD TO ALL OTHER USERS OF TRAIL!

 

DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH FOR SAFETY REASONS... FOR YOUR PET AND OTHER USERS.

 

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.

Stopping.

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 or park on private land 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 tirelessly 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 signs, pavement surface repairs 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 help with maintenance of the trail.  Recently TTT has sealed cracks in payment and applied an environmental friendly sealant to extend trail life in Fayette County.  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!  

 

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!  Tri-County Triangle Trail is a 501-c3 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.

 

Regional Trail News!

 

Pickaway County Park District:

The Pickaway County Park District is excited to announce that, thanks to our State Representatives and Garry Scherer, that the District has been awarded $500,000 in a State Capital Grant to begin the process of building a pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River. This Bridge will connect the City of Circleville to Canal Park and the Pickaway Trail and Fayette Trail, which is planned to run from Washington Court House into Circleville in the future. This bridge would be on the existing railroad corridor and on the existing railroad abutments across the river. Having this bridge would allow pedestrians and bikes to cross the river to connect to the City as well as to approximately 24 miles of existing and proposed trails to Washington Court House  and connects to the Paint Creek Recreational Trail on the east side of Washington Court House.  The Paint Creek Recreational Trail extends east to Frankfort and Chillicothe.  It has been designated by the Ohio Department of Transportation as State Bicycle Route 20 connecting Xenia and Marietta.

 

Fayette County Park District:  

 

The Fayette County Park District (FCPD) announced this week that its Western Fayette County Recreational Trail project has been selected for funding under the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Transportation Alternative Program (TAP).  The approximately $1.2 million project will receive up to $1,050,000 in state fiscal year 2023.

 

The project’s scope entails construction of new pedestrian/bicycle trail extending from the current eastern terminus of the Greene County Park District’s existing trail network to Allen Road in Fayette County. Fayette County Engineer Steve Luebbe will administer the project. Further details will be available as engineering and environmental details emerge.

 

When completed this multi-use recreational trail will connect to the Paint Creek Recreational Trail at Washington Court House and the Fayette Trail to Circleville.  To the west it will connect to the completed 16 mile recreational trail to Jamestown and Xenia and intersect the Ohio Eire Trail that connects Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland.

Fayette Travel and Tourism awarded TTT a grant to replace all the safety (Stop, Stop Ahead) signs and informational signs to include distance to Frankfort, Chillicothe, Hopewell Culture National Monument and other points of interest.  Many of the existing signs had been stolen or damaged.  Also included is 2 QR code signs for links to things to do in Fayette County.  This project was completed in September 2022.

 

The City of Washington has committed to completing the 2.0 mile connection from Old Chillicothe Rd. to the Shaw Wetland on acquired right-of-way corridor.  The engineering and design work is complete.

TTT has completed construction a 2 mile section of the Clinton Fayette Friendship Trail that will eventually connect Washington Court House to Wilmington and the Little Miami Trail at Morrow with a total distance of over 40 miles.  Ownership of this trail and right-of-way to the Clinton County line has beem transferred to the Fayette County Park District.  The Fayette County Park District has been able to complete purchase of a ½ mile section which completes the acquisition of the right-of-way to extend the trail into Washington Court House.

 

Clinton County Park District:

 

Clinton County Park District, Clinton County Trails Coalition, City of Wilmington and the Clinton County Commissioners have been active in acquiring right-of-way and construction of trail to Morrow to connect to the Little Miami Trail and Washington Court House.

 

Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail will connect Wilmington to Washington Court House (22 miles total) runs for just over 7 miles from Melvin Road in Clinton County, through Sabina and onto Borum Road at the Clinton/Fayette County line. 

Future plans for this trail are to connect it to Washington Court House to the east and Wilmington to the west. The entirety of the project is called the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail (CFFT). 

The Luther Warren Peace Path (LWPP) Extension is complete and starts at Nelson Road approximately 3.5 miles to the west and  terminate at Ogden Road .  Plans are underway to extend this trail to Morrow and connect to the Little Miami River Trail.

 

Ross County Park District:

 

The Paint Creek Recreational Trail terminus is east of Bridge Street and extends west to Robinson Rd in Fayette County.  Approximately 33 miles in length this trail is one of the most scenic trails and longest in Southern Ohio.  Sections of the trail between Hopewell National Historic Monument and Frankfort are experiencing issues with bank erosion along the North Fork of Paint Creek and deferred long term trail maintenance.  TTT has been working with the Ross County Park District and others to find solutions to these issues.  Hopefully a solution to these issues can be found to include volunteer work, grants, fund raising, partnerships, donations and cost savings.   This recreational trail connects historic Chillicothe, Frankfort and Washington Court House.  Along the trail is one of five Hopewell Culture National Historical Park sites, a United States national historical park with earthworks and burial mounds from the Hopewell culture, indigenous peoples who flourished from about 200 BC to AD 500.

 

On Thursday, March 24, 2022, the National Park Service (NPS) announced the nomination of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, located within Ohio’s Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Paint Creek Recreational Trail offers access from the east and west.

If the site is designated as America’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, it would join the likes of several other world-famous American places.  Those include the Grand CanyonYellowstone, the Everglades, the Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall, all of which are also managed by the National Park Service.