Flint River Trail (MI)

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The Flint River Trail begins near downtown at the University of Michigan-Flint campus and heads north along both sides of the Flint River to Bluebell Beach on the reservoir. Another segment takes you to Stepping Stones Falls. From there, you can take sidewalks and/or the road to pick up the trail again at E. Coldwater Road and carry on to Genesee.

Along the way, you will pass through older neighborhoods, a few city parks and learn about Flint's heritage from wayside historical signs. At E. Boulevard Drive, you can take an out-and-back side trip through Kearsley Park.

In 2010, the trail was extended from the University of Michigan west into historic Carriage Town, passing by Atwood Stadium, the former "Chevy in the Hole" site, the Kettering University campus and Mott Park. It ends at Ballenger Highway and McLaren Regional Medical Center on Flint's west side.

At the northern end, Stepping Stone Falls is a picturesque, manmade waterfall, and the family-friendly Bluebell Beach has a playground and sprayground.

The Friends of the Flint River Trail lead bike rides every Sunday, May-October at 2 p.m. from the Flint Farmer's Market.

Parking and Trail Access

The trail can be accessed from I-475 at Robert T. Longway Blvd. (exit 8B if coming from the north, exit 8A if coming from the south). Parking is available in the lot next to the Flint Farmers Market at Robert T. Longway Blvd.


Take the Northern side of the Flint river at the University

   April, 2015 by scott.welliver.7

The western end of the trail starts just north of the McLaren hospital on the south side of the river. This portion is very urban and I learn that concrete flood controls are a prominent portion of the river through this urban zone. Once reaching the ...read more

most riders forget the trail continues

   August, 2014 by melcool1

When riding the flint river trail if you continue going beyond Stepping Stones you ride on branch road beyond the closed road section and the trail picks up again and contines for another 5 miles to.Stanley and Genesee roads. I might add that it is simply ...read more

Love the Flint River Trail

   November, 2013 by melcool1

I ride the Flint River Trail frequently and I enjoy every mile. You Begin the trail across the street from McLaren Hospital at Ballenger Hwy and Sunset Dr. Then you ride past Kettering University where you will do different level grade hills as you approach ...read more