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.
The 17 miles is a round trip number riding bothsides of the river.