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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, a popular county park that offers plentiful recreation space and the historic Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad. Another segment takes you past Stepping Stones Falls, a scenic man-made waterfall, and around the eastern side of the lake and up into Genesee Township.
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 the Applewood Trail to make a side trip through Kearsley Park and neighborhoods to the east of dowtown.
In 2010, the trail was extended from the University of Michigan west into historic Carriage Town, passing by Atwood Stadium, Chevy Commons park at the former "Chevy in the Hole" site, the Kettering University campus, and the charming neighborhood park and recreation area at Mott Park. The Genesee Valley Trail follows a former rail corridor to the southwest from Chevy Commons, connecting homes and shopping destinations in Flint Township to the trail network. The Flint River Trail ends at Ballenger Highway and McLaren Regional Medical Center on Flint's west side.
The trail also has an active friends group, the Friends of the Flint River Trail, which organizes weekly bike rides and other activities along the trail.
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.
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