The Clinton River Trail is a well-used rail trail in Oakland County that is popular for walking, jogging, and biking.
The Clinton River Trail section from the Opdyke Road parking area west to Dequindre Road is almost 9.5 miles long and is the most popular part of the trail. Areas of the trail are paved with asphalt, with the longest paved section being over two miles long in Auburn Hills. At Dequindre Road, the trail connects to the Macomb Orchard Trail.
The western section of the Clinton River Trail connects to the West Bloomfield Trail
south of Orchard Lake Road and is not paved, with a mostly dirt/grass surface. Sylvan Manor Park, which is on the north side of Woodrow Wilson Boulevard, serves as the trailhead where the two trails connect. You need a mountain bike if you choose to ride this part of the trail. The segment ends at Bagley Street in Pontiac, but you can use the sidewalks/paths and Bagley Street, South Boulevard, and Opdyke Road to connect to the Clinton River Trail in Auburn Hills. From Bagley Street, you can also follow some sidewalk bike routes to reach downtown Pontiac, where you can also access the
A trail spur for the Clinton River Trail near Second Street in Rochester allows trail users to reach the Paint Creek Trail
and downtown Rochester. The Paint Creek Trail starts along Main Street, near the Paint Creek Tavern.
Other Paths in the Area
Several paved paths and sidewalks along roads in Auburn Hills, Rochester, and Rochester Hills are used for biking, jogging, and walking. The paths along Hamlin Road, Avon Road, Opdyke Road, and Rochester Road connect to parts of the Clinton River Trail. See the Map page
to download a map of the area paths.
A few portions of the paths feature large hills, especially in Rochester near Squirrel Road.
The paved paths can be used to reach Oakland University, Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills campus, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum
, and downtown Rochester.