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There will be a Trail Clearing operation to remove small trees and overhead brush and vines that are impinging on the trail. The work will be performed by a private contractor and it may be inconvenient at times for trail travelers due to brief closures of the trail where the work is being performed. The work will occur on the Polly Ann Trail between Bordman Road and the Village of Oxford starting around September 7th and take about 7 to 10 days to complete. It is tentatively slated to start at Bordman Road and move south along the trail to the South and West. Please plan your trail use accordingly.
Please pass this information on to others that you know that may use the Polly Ann. Thanks!


The Polly Ann Trail Council would like to recognized John Cirner as the Ambassador of the year 2015. John has been a long time user of the trail as a runner and a cyclist. In addition John efforts include assisting in organizing events, has become the trails photography for our organized events, helped collect the bike safari photo's taken by contestant and assisted in putting together computerized presentations. The Council and Trail Manager are grateful for the efforts of Mr.Cirner and all volunteers of the trail.

On Thursday, May 19th the annual training for Polly Ann Trail Ambassadors new and existing will take place. The meeting will be at 7pm and will be held at the Oxford Village office on Burdick Street.
If can not attend but would like to be part of this program please contact Patrick Ball Trail Manager  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

See our first of more to come Bike Fix It Stations!  READ MORE

Save the Date!
2nd Annual Zombie Fun Run will be held October 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm. More TBA.


2015 Polly Ann Trail Ambassador Training sessions for new and previous ambassadors will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm. We welcome people interested in the Polly Ann Trail in northern Oakland County who would like to volunteer for activities, be communicators and the eyes and ears of the trail. Come to meeting to find out more.  Please Join us at the Oxford Village Building at 22 West Burdick St. Oxford, MI.

The Polly Ann Trail will be having a Photo Safari Biking event on Saturday, June 6th, 2015. More information will be posted in Late March on this new and exciting event


Richard Stone 2014 Polly Ann Trail Ambassador of the Year


The Polly Ann Trail Council and staff proudly announce Richard Stone as the Polly Ann Trail Ambassador of the Year for 2014. Mr. Richard Stone, a resident of Oxford, is daily user of the trail. As an Ambassador he has kept the trail from the pedestrian bridge to Drahner Road clear of debris, branches and in the winter season, snow. Because of his consistent use of the trail he informs the trail manager of issues along the trail that need to be addressed. As a volunteer, Richard also has been responsible for repairing, building and positioning benches along the trail. Trail Manager, Patrick Ball stated, “I cannot thank Mr. Stone enough for making the Polly Ann Trail a better place for its users”.


ZOMBIE FUN RUN FUNDRAISER 2014 - Saturday October 25, 2014. Discounts for early registration & space limited. View details & register online!


Have an opinion about a Paint Creek Trail/Polly Ann Trail Connection??

The Lake Orion DDA and Oakland County Planning are hosting a “Lake Orion Wayfinding & Trail Connection Forum” on Wednesday, August 6 from 4:00pm-7:00pm. It is being held at the Orion Art Center, 115 S. Anderson, in Lake Orion. It is open to the public, and they would like to solicit input from trail users, downtown stakeholders, and anyone interested in a Paint Creek Trail/Polly Ann Trail connection.

4:00 pm: Walk the potential connector routes (optional)
5:00 pm: User Survey & General Public Comment
5:30 pm: Project Presentation
5:45 pm: Mapping Exercise
6:30 pm: Brainstorming & General Public Comment
7:00 pm: Adjourn

If you cannot make it, but would like to provide your input, please consider taking a brief online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LakeOrionNMP


Construction on Burdick Street in Downtown Oxford will begin approximately 6/9/14. No closure of the Polly Ann Trail is anticipated.  

Trail Construction from Curtis to W. Leonard Roads: Enbridge gas pipeline will be closing the trail within the next 10 days (June 2014).  Detour signs to go around the construction site will be posted by Enbridge to assist trail users. According to Enbridge the trail should be closed less than a day or two.  Please use caution in and around this area with the increase in traffic.  We will continue to keep our loyal trail users updated as information comes to us.  Safe travels!


A second Ambassador training meeting for 2014 has been set for Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 pm at the Oxford Village 22 West Burdick. Please Join us. Read more....



The Polly Ann Trail is one of our greatest natural resources available to the general public in northern Oakland County. As use continues to grow the Polly Ann Trail Council, through the guidance of Trail Manager Patrick Ball are seeking regular users of the trail to become Ambassadors of the trail. 

The trail manager is looking for 20-30 volunteers who use the trail two days a week or more, like interacting with people, and willing to share the good word about the trail, its activities and local surroundings. The Ambassadors will also by the eyes and ears of the trail keeping lines of communication open between the users and the trail manager. The Ambassadors will also help promote the trail at certain events and activities through the year.

Introduction of duties and training to become and an Ambassador will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 6:45 pm at the Oxford Village Building at 22 West Burdick St. Oxford,MI.  If you are interest in volunteering or have questions you can email them to Patrick Ball, trail manager,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We also welcome any area businesses along the path or in the villages that it passes through to help support this endeavor.  Pleas again contact the trail manager at the email address above.

PATMC seeks Proposals for 2014 Mowing Services. READ MORE....


Patrick Ball hired as new Trail Manager.

Read the Oxford Leader story here.  Photo courtesy of the Oxford Leader - Sherman Publications.

920A78mhX44402F8.lgFrom Patrick Ball:
Welcome to the Polly Ann Trail Website.

As the new trail manager I look forward to seeing you somewhere along the way on the 16.4 mile path. As an avid cyclist I hope to be personally very active on the trail.  Prior to this adventure I used to be the Oxford Athletic Director (11 years) and I am currently a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Oxford. I coach, as well as personally participate in triathlons (the short ones).

It is my goal to make this trail safe, well supported, and active throughout the year. I hope you enjoy this wonderful recreational setting we have and respect the trail for all who use it.



NEW TRAIL MANAGER - Application process now closed.
We are currently reviewing all applications and conducting interviews for all who applied by the August 30, 2013 deadline.  We thank all who applied for this position and for your interest in our Trail!

8/5/13 - Updated Notice

OPEN POSITION - Trail Manager

The Polly Ann Trail Management Council is accepting resumes for the part-time position of Trail Manager. DEADLINE: August 30, 2013. See the full job description. Please include a cover letter and your contact information with your submittal. Resumes may be mailed or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Our mailing address is:

Polly Ann Trail Management Council, Inc. (PATMC)
ATTN: Trail Manager Search Committee

23 E. Elmwood
P.O. Box 112
Leonard, MI 48367


In the News ...   Search for new trail manager underway

July 24, 2013 - Dust off that old resume and polish those interviewing skills because the search for a new Polly Ann Trail manager is officially underway

Candidates are asked to submit their resumes with cover letters to the Polly Ann Trail Management Council (PATMC) by Thursday, Aug. 15. Interested parties can mail their information to Polly Ann Trail, 23 E. Elmwood St., P.O. Box 112, Leonard, MI 48367.  READ MORE OF CJ'S STORY AT SHERMAN PUBLICATIONS, INC.


The trail is closed south of Clarkston Road in Orion Township for repairs.. Proposed completion is Friday, July 19th, but may be delayed by weather or other factors. We will announce the completion after confirmation. We apologize for any inconvenience.  UPDATE: CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE. TRAIL OPEN!



RCOC is resurfacing this section of Rochester Road. The road will be closed during the project, in two phases. The first stage is the section from south of Mack Road to the Village of Leonard. During this stage, the detour for through traffic will be Lakeville Road to Lake George Road to Leonard Road and back to Rochester and vice versa.

The second state will be the section of Rochester from just south of Lakeville Road to south of Mack Road. During this stage, the detour route for through traffic will be Brewer Road to Townsend Road to Mack Road and back to Rochester and vice versa. Project completion: NOVEMBER 2013.


Utility Work On the Polly Ann

ITC Utilities will be doing some routine vegetation management south of Oxford, adjacent to the Polly Ann Trail, starting January 7th through the 18th. The trail will not be closed, but please use extra caution when traveling the area during that time.


Horse Path Work Has Begun

Work has begun on the Horse Path in Leonard between Leonard Rd. and Gerst Rd. Intermittent trail closures in the area are possible through February.


Special Meeting Called
On Tuesday, September 25th at 3:00 pm, at the Oxford Village Offices, the Polly Ann Trail Management Council will hold a special meeting to review the 2013 budget and other financial matters.


Trail Closure in Orion Township

Beginning tomorrow, Friday the 22nd, the Polly Ann Trail will be CLOSED to all traffic in Orion Township from the north Joslyn Rd. crossing to the south Josyln Rd. crossing. West Bay Geophysical will be conducting seismic testing on the trail for the next few days. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Barrier Removal for Handicap Access

The Polly Ann Trail will be removing all barriers to allow access for handicapped persons in compliance with the federally mandated Other Power Driven Mobility Device (OPDMD) Policy.  For more information, click here.


Rural Pearl 2012

The 2012 Rural Pearl of a Ride has been cancelled due to lack of volunteer, sponsor and participant interest.  If you know of a volunteer organization or business that would like to help bring back the Rural Pearl in 2013, please contact the Trail Manager.

Reporting Problems on the Trail

If you see a problem on the trail, please contact the Trail Manger first.  For emergencies on the trail, call 911.


PAT Public Comment Survey

The Polly Ann Trail is looking for your input!  Please take a few moments to fill out the survery at the link below.  Your suggestions will help us put together our Master Plan and improve our trail. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PollyAnnTrail


The Polly Ann Trail hosts The Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out Art Exhibit.

Starting September 14th, you can get a little culture in Mother Natures Art Gallery.  The DIA will install special weatherized recreations of artwork currently on display at the DIA on The Polly Ann Trail at the the Burdick Street and Drahner Road crossings in the Village of Oxford.  For more information about this project and other locations throughout the Village of Oxford, please visit www.dia.org