Clinton River Trail

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The Clinton River Trail is a 16-mile recreational trail on an abandoned rail line through the heart of Oakland County, including the cities of Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills and Rochester. The surrounding landscape includes downtowns, industry, residential areas and parks.

The trail roughly parallels, and frequently crosses, the Clinton River. It continues as the existing West Bloomfield Trail to the west and the Macomb Orchard Trail to the east. In Rochester, hop on the Paint Creek Trail via the Rochester Riverwalk to travel north to Lake Orion.

While primarily located on an abandoned railroad grade, the Clinton River Trail includes an approximately 4-mile on-road segment that circumnavigates a gap in the railroad corridor ownership in Pontiac.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Clinton River Trail is available in Sylvan Lake at Beaudette Park (Dawson’s Mill Pond) off Orchard Lake Road. In Pontiac, park at the trailhead where the trail crosses S. Opdyke Road. There is also a small parking lot on S. Livernois Road in Rochester Hills and under the S. Rochester Road/State Route 150 bridge in Rochester.


over the river and through the woods

   July, 2015 by cyahamm8

the trail is not maintained between Opdyke and Telegraph roads. There is a detour through Pontiac, so you travel down cracked sidewalks by construction sites where the only option is to ride in the street with traffic that is unfriendly towards cyclists. more

7 Miler

   January, 2014 by runningfive0

I did an out and back 7 miler from Livernois to Adams last fall. On the way out, I ran by a deer grazing on a tree branch. He literally did not move and I could have swatted his behind as I cautiously ran past him. Great run, long and flat and crushed more

Clinton River - Adams to Crooks

   September, 2013 by 1966michigan

We took the dogs for a hike here today. It's very pretty with lots of wild flowers, ponds, ducks, a toad, birds and some unknown creature we couldnt see that the dogs were very interested in - in the bushes. Parking is on Adams, right across from Walmart. more