Paint Creek Tail is excellent. And fun. And healthy. And full of good people. This 8.9 mile long crushed gravel pathway follows the lay of the land along a former rail bed from Lake Orion to Rochester. And if you still feel energized when you reach the Rochester Municipal Park (at the south end of the trail) continue along on the one mile long concrete Rochester River Walk Trail. That connector tail meanders along the waters of Paint Creek and goes under Rochester Road adjancent to the Paint Creek Tavern, a great place for a burger and beverage on its outside deck overlooking the rushing creek and trail. Tell waitress Mary Ann I sent you!
The River Walk Trail takes you to the Clinton River Trail and from there you have miles and miles more to discover. National Trails Day is Saturday June 5th. If you have not yet discovered wonderous Paint Creek Trail make that the day. Today is just fine too! Or as the American Hiking Society says, "Find Your Happy Place." Special free events are planned for June 5th at the (former) Paint Creek Cider Mill (4480 Orion Road in the tiny town of Goodison) to celebrate trails day. Many of these events focus on native plants and environmental sustainability For details on Paint Creek Trail, including maps and parking access point check out their first rate web site: http://www.paintcreektrail.org/
. Happy peddling, hiking or just plain strolling. Happy fishing too, for Paint Creek is a trout stream. But be sure to check and follow all DNRE and local regulations if you plan to wet a line.