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Friends of the Flint River Trail


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 village of Genesee, and east to Richfield County Park.

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 to Ballenger Highway and McLaren Regional Medical Center on Flint’s west side. The Genesee Valley Trail picks up at the new pedestrian bridge at Chevy Commons and travels all the way to Genesee Valley mall.

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 2:30 p.m., rain or shine. The 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays, the rides will leave from Bluebell Beach. On the 2nd & 4th Sundays, the rides will leave from the future FRWC office at 630 W. Kearsley St, in Flint.

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. 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. We ride at 10am. Meet at various trailheads in the region. Scheduled rides are posted 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 9:00 am. 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 Facebook page for this year’s date.

Other Activities – We also support other rides and events through the area.


Steering Committee

  • Edie Almasy
  • Dave Beaulieu


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FFRT Newsletter – 2015 Spring FFRT newsletter – PDF Version

River Ride Spring 2014River Ride Spring 2013River Ride Spring 2012River Ride April 2011River Ride September 2010


FFRT Statement of Purpose

We promote:

  • 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

Click here to open an interactive Flint River Trail map from Terrain 360. It’s like Google street view on the trail! To see other land trails in Genesee County, click here. Thanks to the I-69 Thumb Region for coordinating this mapping project!


Contact the Friends of the Flint River Trail

Friends of the Flint River Trail
c/o Flint River Watershed Coalition
1300 Bluff Street
Flint, Michigan  48504

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