About the trail
The Flint River Trail begins near downtown at the University of Michigan-Flint campus and heads north along the Flint River to Bluebell Beach on Mott Lake. Much of the trail is on both sides of the river. Another segment of the trail takes you to Stepping Stones Falls. From there, you can take sidewalks and/or the road to pick up the trail again at East Coldwater Road and keep going north to the villageof Genesee.
Along the way, you will pass through older neighborhoods and a few city parks and learn about Flint’s heritage from wayside historical signs. At Gilkey Creek a path leads easterly through Dayton and Kearsley Park and on to the Mott College Campus.
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. Future plans include extending the trail to Flushing.
The Friends of the Flint River Trail
The Friends of the Flint River Trail (FFRT) started as an informal bike riding group in 1997 by founders Stephany Diana, Bruce Nieuwenhuis, Jack Minore, and others to promote the safe use of the Flint River Trail for fitness, exercise, and family fun. The group has expanded and grown over the years to include many members and volunteers.
The main purpose of the group is to promote the use of the trail for cycling, walking, and running by hosting bicycle rides every Sunday throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The rides have grown to approximately 800 riders during the season including 150 new or first time riders from across Genesee County and other areas.
We work to promote and publicize the safe use of the trail and to maintain the trail. We advocate for trail expansion and improvements with other groups and organizations. We have joined with others in our community to provide safe and inviting public spaces where people of all ages and abilities can easily integrate fun physical activity into their daily routine.
The FFRT is a chapter of The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC). The FRWC is a membership organization that promotes citizen stewardship of our natural resources by providing members with the sources, knowledge, and capacity necessary to protect local water quality and watershed habitat. We encourage our members to also become members of the FRWC. Membership in the FRWC supports the many activities of the Friends of the Flint River Trail.
We invite you to join The Friends of the Flint River Trail! For more information, see our Facebook page or contact us at the information below or simply show up at the Sunday rides!
Sunday Rides – The Friends of the Flint River Trail lead bike rides every Sunday, May through October, starting promptly at 2 p.m. from the Flint Farmer’s Market, rain or shine. Rides are typically about 13-15 miles in length and at a leisurely in pace. Riders are split into groups – depending on number of riders attending – to make street crossings more manageable and safe. All rides are followed by “sweeps” to assist with bike problems such as flat tires or chain adjustments. We have a no-rider-left-behind policy and encourage experienced riders, beginner riders and families to come out and ride with us. Cookies and beverages are provided after the rides at the Farmer’s Market. We STRONGLY encourage the use of helmets for all riders.
Saturday Rides – Additional Saturday rides are planned on trails within an hour’s drive of Flint. Scheduled rides are listed in our newsletter. Also check the updated event calendar here and on our Facebook page– search Friends of the Flint River Trail – for scheduled rides. Also see the Directions to Nearby Trails below.
Spring Trail Cleanup – Getting rid of the winter’s accumulation of brush and junk on the trail is an annual event that makes riding all summer so much more pleasant. The clean-up is held the last Saturday in April. Volunteers meet at Veteran’s Park on James P. Cole Blvd. (just south of Hamilton) at 10:00 am. Lunch is provided following the cleanup at about 1:00 PM. Trash bags are provided but please bring your own work gloves and water.
Trail Maintenance – Work groups are formed as needed throughout the summer to keep the trail in tiptop shape. Trail maintenance includes mowing along the trail, trimming branches, and removing debris after wind storms. Announcements are made before Sunday rides as to when the groups will meet.
Summer Picnic – On one of our Sunday rides, a picnic to planned for all riders. We ride our bikes to Bluebell Beach, enjoy a hot dog lunch with all the fixins, and ride back to the Farmers’ Market. Check the event calendar for this year’s date.
Other Activities – We also support other rides and events through the area. Check the newsletter and calendar for dates and times.
- Bruce Nieuwenhuis, Chairman
- Jack Minore, co-chair
- Stephany Diana, co-chair
- Linda Johnson-Barnes
- Dave Beaulieu
- Kim Moon
- Vicki Sacharski
- Bill Baker
|River Ride Spring 2014||River Ride Spring 2013||River Ride Spring 2012||River Ride April 2011||River Ride September 2010|
Click here for an update event calendar.
FFRT Statement of Purpose
- Greater use of the trail through improved safety, maintenance, and publicity;
- Healthy lifestyles by promoting bicycling to new and existing cyclists as transportation and recreation;
- Improved facilities along the trail;
- Extension of the trail’s length and movement toward a city/county trail system.
Directions to Nearby Trails
Click here for directions to nearby trails and the locations of our Saturday rides.
Map of the Flint River Trail
Click here to open a PDF copy of the Flint River Trail brochure and map.
Click here to open a single page map of the trail from the complete brochure
Contact the Friends of the Flint River Trail
Friends of the Flint River Trail
c/o Flint River Watershed Coalition
400 N. Saginaw St, Suite 233
Flint, Michigan 48502
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