The Paint Creek Trail is organizing a scavenger hunt for National Trails Day June 5. The hunt will be held May 30-June 5.

The Paint Creek Trail is organizing a scavenger hunt for National Trails Day June 5. The hunt will be held May 30-June 5.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


‘The Paint Creek Trail has really seen unprecedented numbers’

Scavenger hunt planned to celebrate National Trails Day

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 26, 2021

 Trail users run, walk and bike along the Paint Creek Trail, near Tienken and Livernois roads in Rochester Hills.

Trail users run, walk and bike along the Paint Creek Trail, near Tienken and Livernois roads in Rochester Hills.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — In honor of National Trails Day, the Paint Creek Trailways Commission is inviting the community to join in a weeklong virtual scavenger hunt along the Paint Creek Trail.

The scavenger hunt will run May 30-June 5, which is National Trails Day.

“We’ve celebrated National Trails Day in the past, but this is a little bit of a different spin, due to the pandemic,” said Paint Creek Trail Manager Melissa Ford.

To participate in the scavenger hunt, users can download the free GooseChase app and create an account. To join the game, they can enter “National Trails Day” in the search box. Participants will then be able to create a new team, join a current one, or play as an individual.

“You can get both the kids and the adults away from their computers and out on the trail to get them more aware of the great things that the trail has to offer,” said Donni Steele, the chair of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission.

Throughout the week, using the app, scavenger hunt participants will be able to complete a number of family-friendly interactive multimedia challenges along the trail for the chance to win the grand prize: a basket of goodies.

“The challenges can be anything from filming video to taking photos. They can be GPS location-based or trivia-based, and they will be launched on the app beginning May 30,” Ford explained.

The score of the scavenger hunt is determined by the total points earned, so users are encouraged to play as much as they can throughout the week.

The final mission, on June 5, invites participants to visit the Paint Creek Trail booth outside Cookies & Cream in downtown Lake Orion between noon and 3 p.m.

“You will have to check in there, and everyone can get a bike bell,” Ford said. “The team with the highest score will get a basket of prizes.”

Cookies & Cream, Bitter Tom’s, Fork n’ Pint, Oat Soda and Wine Social are sponsoring the scavenger hunt.

National Trails Day — held on Saturday, June 5, this year — is the only nationally coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails, according to the American Hiking Society. Events held nationally include hiking, biking, running, trail maintenance, birding, wildlife photography, paddle trips, trail dedications, health-focused programs and children’s activities.

“National Trails Day helps bring attention to the importance of trails in communities and the idea of connecting more people to trails and making them aware of what is in their backyard,” Ford said. “I know this year and last year, with COVID, the Paint Creek Trail has really seen unprecedented numbers of people using it and discovering it for the first time, so I really think our trail plays an important role in people’s physical health and mental health.”

The Paint Creek Trail is an 8.9-mile linear park that runs through Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and the village of Lake Orion in northern Oakland County.

For more information on the trail, call Ford at (248) 651-9260.