Paint Creek Trail

Connecting the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and the Village of Lake Orion in Oakland County, Michigan.





Paint Creek Trail Events

Rochester Mills Fundraisers Paint Creek Crawl Labor Day Bridge Walk Group Events


Are you looking for fun, family activities along the Paint Creek Trail? You've come to the right place! The Paint Creek Trailways Commission organizes two events each year. The Paint Creek Crawl is scheduled in May of each year, as a way for us to celebrate National Trails Day. In September, we offer a "Labor Day Virtual Bridge Walk" event to coincide with the Governor's Walk and Run across the Mackinac Bridge. The Walk becomes more popular each year! Additionally, we will post other events that have been approved on the Trail, such as walkathons, marathons, or cycling events. If you would like to hold your event on the trail, please visit our Policies page for information and an application.

4th Paint Creek Crawl - Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00am - 1:00pm

This year, we will be headquartered at Children's Park in Lake Orion.  Participants will ride to Rochester, receive their raffle ticket, and ride back to the park for a box lunch.  Tickets are $25 until May 23, and $30 thereafter.  To be guaranteed a T-Shirt, register by May 23.  Registration will open April 15, 2014.  We'll have some fun things planned on the ride, and the grand prize is a $500 gift card to Paint Creek Bicycles!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Paint Creek Crawl


1. What is the Crawl?

The Paint Creek Crawl is a cycling event encompassing the entire trail and business districts from Rochester to Lake Orion. Cyclists will ride from Lake Orion to Rochester and back, and receive a box lunch.  They will also be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to a local bicycle shop.  Fun things are planned along the way!  Cost is $25 until May 23, $30 thereafter.  Cost includes lunch, and a T-Shirt (must register by May 23 to be guaranteed a T-Shirt) Registration will be open on April 15, 2014.

2. Do I have to wear a helmet?


3. Can I attach a child's carrier to my bike and take them with me?

Yes. However, the event is designed for people 16 and older, due to the length of the ride. We do not recommend children younger than 16 participate.

4. What is the money raised used for?

The money raised will fund trail improvements such as drinking fountains, bike fix-it stations, restrooms, interpretive displays, etc. Last year, the Friends were able to purchase their first amenity for the trail - a bike fix-it station located at the Paint Creek Cider Mill.

5. What is the goal of the event, besides fundraising?

We want to encourage everyone to use the trail as a non-motorized transportation corridor, and showcase how easy it is to visit our local businesses and restaurants. It's also a great way to incorporate exercise in every day activities!

6. Who is in charge of the event?

This is a Paint Creek Trailways Commission event. The event is organized, staffed and managed by the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail volunteers .

This year's Paint Creek Crawl is generously supported by the following sponsors:

CJ's Lakeside Grill
7:39'ers Bike Club
Paint Creek Bicycles
Friends of Dinosaur Hill
FAMS Printing
Dr. Ron Fried
Goodison Veterinary Center
Crossfit Inclusive




Labor Day Bridge Walk - September 1, 2014

Labor Day Bridge Walk participants

The 9th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk will be on Monday, September 1, 2014. We will again be offering a 2 mile walk or a 10K run. And don't forget the fudge! In honor of the Mackinac Bridge Walk, we will have fudge samples for everyone when you return from the walk or run!

Would you like to show your support by donating to the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail for the parking lot acquisition and development project? All donation amounts are accepted, and your donation is tax deductible:




This event has been reviewed for the physical activity content and has been endorsed by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.  This does not reflect endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the products used.




Rochester Mills

We currently do not have any fundraisers scheduled. Check back soon!



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Group Events

The following events have been approved for 2014:


If you are interested in holding a group event on the Trail, please download our revised Temporary Permit Policy and Application.


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