Just east of Sylvan Manor Park, the 16-mile Clinton River Trail continues on the same historic railway line as West Bloomfield Trail as it crosses and follows the course of the Clinton River.
An important addition to the trail in 2014 was the installation of a "HAWK" beacon at Orchard Lake Road. With the press of a button, you now have direct and safe crossing over a very busy roadway.
The trail consists of four different segments. The western trail segment continues through Sylvan Lake to Bagley Street, crossing a pedestrian bridge built in 2011 over Telegraph Road as the trail enters Pontiac. The next segment of trail is a 4-mile sidewalk bypass. Where the trail terminates at Bagley Street, head south on the sidewalk on the east side of the street, and continue on the sidewalk east on South Boulevard, then north on Opdyke Road where a sign and parking area marks the entrance to the eastern section of trail. The trail is paved from Opdyke Road to Adams Road, traveling through downtown Auburn Hills. East of Adams Road the trail is surfaced with finely screened limestone, nicely maintained and offers lots of great scenery and views of the river.
A half-mile east of Adams Road is the site of the "Adams Road Mastodon," where mastodon bones where discovered in 2006. In Rochester, the trail connects with the southern end of the Paint Creek Trail, which you can ride north a quarter-mile and find plenty of good places to eat and relax in downtown Rochester. Two miles east of Rochester the trail merges with the 23.5-mile Macomb Orchard Trail.