Oakland Township Parks and Recreation

Kids bike riding on the Paint Creek Trail, Oakland Township Parks and Recreation, Michigan

A Rails-To-Trails Project, the Paint Creek Trail passes through Oakland Township for 5.3 miles on its 8.9 mile journey from the Rochester Municipal Park to the Village of Lake Orion.

Its limestone surfacing provides a solid but natural surface for non-motorized uses, including bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, jogging and cross country skiing.  While using the path, remember to respect other users.  Travel on the right side of the path, announce when passing, and keep all pets on leashes.

The trail is a day-use facility only.  It is closed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The trail is owned and operated by an intergovernmental agency known as the Paint Creek Trailways Commission.  The Commission meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. either at the Rochester Municipal Hall or the Paint Creek Cider Mill. For meeting dates and locations visit www.paintcreektrail.org/commission.htm.

To obtain a free map and guide to the trail, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:  Paint Creek Trailways Commission, 4393 Collins Road, Rochester, MI 48306.

Prairie Restoration

Paint Creek Trailways Commission Website


Parking for the Paint Creek Trail

Limited parking is available at Dutton Road, Silverbell Road, Paint Creek Cider Mill, Gallagher Road, and the Clarkston/Kern Road crossing in Oakland Township. For a complete list, visit www.paintcreektrail.org.

Restrooms are available at Rochester Municipal Park, Paint Creek Cider Mill (M-F, 9-3, closed Holidays), and at the Clarkston/Kern Road crossing.

Dogs on the Paint Creek Trail

Please remember that all dogs MUST be leashed and cleaned up after.

Many species of viewable wildlife decline along the trail edges when dogs explore the brush. Off-leash dogs prevent turkey and other birds from ground nesting, may discover and harm fawns, and push mammals further into the woodlands, thus decreasing the park experience for all visitors.  Dog excretement is both unpleasant and a health issue. Clean-up bag dispensers are available at the Dutton Road crossing and the Gallagher Road parking lot.