Paint Creek Trail

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




Mileage Information

Seniors on TrailFamily on bikesCyclists north of Tienken


Many people utilize the Paint Creek Trail for athletic training purposes. Some people are curious as to how far destinations are from each other. For your convenience, you can utilize the following chart to track your distance:


Paint Creek Trail - Road to Road Mileage
Rochester Park to Tienken
0.9 miles
Tienken to Dutton
1.2 miles
Dutton to Silver Bell
1.0 mile
Silver Bell to Gallagher
0.6 miles
Gallagher to Gunn
0.8 miles
Gunn to Adams
1.4 miles
Adams to Clarkston/Kern
1.5 miles
Clarkston/Kern to Atwater
1.5 miles
Total Mileage:
8.9 miles

For a more detailed mileage breakdown list that includes municipality, bridge and other landmark information, you can download our Trail Mileage Breakdown with Landmarks file here. This document shows total mileage, mileage between landmarks, and mileage based on our Mile Marker System.

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Mile Marker System
As recently as 1974, the Paint Creek Trail was a railroad corridor. The Detroit and Bay City Railroad Company built the rail line in 1872, connecting Detroit to Bay City. Michigan Central Railroad later acquired the line and developed the mile-marking system in the late 1890s. Each mile-marker contained the letter “D,” signifying “Detroit,” and a number that represented the distance in miles from the center of Detroit to that Point. These markers are metal, diamond-shaped signs and are found at ½ Mile intervals along the Trail. Additional rectangular mile-markers have been located at each gate, bridge and road crossing. In an emergency, identify the nearest mile marker you saw so that the location can be pinpointed, and dial 911.

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