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Trail Planning

Oakland County Trail Master Plan
The Oakland County Trails Master Plan has been developed to provide a framework for creating a connected system of greenways and trails throughout Oakland County. This non-motorized system is envisioned to serve a diverse range of users, providing safe and well-maintained linkages to important natural, cultural and civic destinations and other points of interest within and outside of the county.

Individual chapters from the Oakland County Trails Master Plan document are available through the following links.  Some large files may take several minutes to download.

Executive Summary
Existing Conditions
Master Plan Vision and Gap Analysis
Design Considerations
Action Plan & Appendix

Trail Planning in Your Community
Active trail and pathway planning has been going on in Oakland County for more than 30 years.  When planning for pathways in a community, an essential step is determining key destinations such as schools, downtowns, neighborhoods, commercial centers and parks and how to connect them together.  Here are a few tools to help communities identify components of a trail/path network and link into the Oakland County Trail Network:

Trail Planning Checklist

Trail Tracking

For additional information on trail and pathway planning check out:

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Michigan Department of Transportation

Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy