The Flint River Trail is a network of approximately 24 miles of paved non-motorized pedestrian paths beginning at the University of Michigan - Flint Campus and passing along the north and south edges of the Flint River with two spurs that connect with Mott Community College and Kettering University.
This growing network of trails was built in several phases, with the first phase completed in the early 1980s from downtown Flint to Carpenter Road. You will notice the different ages of the trail surface as you travel from the city's urban area north along the river through several parks and natural areas to the village of Genesee at the north side of Mott Lake. Stepping Stone Falls, a concrete water sculpture and part of a dam that created Mott Lake, is one of the highlights of this riverside tour.
The newest section of the trail was completed in fall 2015 from Stepping Stone Falls north through Genesee Recreation Area. The Flint River Trail and the proposed Grand Traverse Greenway Trail are part of the Iron Belle Trail that will eventually travel across Michigan from Belle Isle State Park near Detroit to Ironwood on the Wisconsin border in the Upper Peninsula.
Development of this trail network gained momentum in the early 1990s when a group of cyclists began hosting Sunday afternoon bike rides, organizing trail cleanups, and advocating for the expansion of the trail. Eventually this group became the Friends of the Flint River Trail. Today, the "Friends" continue to host Sunday afternoon group bike rides. Join them any Sunday at 2 pm, May through October, at the old Farmers Market on East Boulevard Drive.