In nearly every corner of Genesee County, you can find trails for hiking, walking and biking. Most of those trails are part of the Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission system, with connections to other trails and trail systems. These trails offer over 50 miles of non-motorized, barrier-free, paved trails and countless miles of natural hiking and nature trails to enjoy the great landscapes with beautiful views.
A large portion of our trails are also part of the Iron Belle Trail. The Iron Belle Trail is the longest designated state trail in the nation, and you can hike, bike or walk between Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. Genesee County Parks, in cooperation with the Genesee County Road Commission and the Genesee County Planning Commission, just completed a new 2.25-mile section of the trail stretching from the Genesee County Parks administrative offices at the corner of Genesee Road and Stanley Road east to Vassar Road.
From the outer limits in Linden County Park and Atlas County Park to Chevy Commons in the city of Flint, you can enjoy maintained trails. The trail through Chevy Commons crosses both the Flint River and the Swartz Creek, with two pedestrian bridges providing a one-mile connection along the old CN rail line.
One of the quickest ways to travel the trails is by bike, and with eight Flint Bike Share stations across the city and county parks, you can easily travel from downtown Flint to Bluebell Beach, Stepping Stone Falls and now Vassar Road and back. These bikes allow you to follow along the Flint River and see wildlife and flora among multiple green spaces and natural wooded settings. You can purchase an annual pass by visiting http://bike.zagster.com/flint/.
With over 49,000 trail users in Genesee County, the Flushing County Riverview Trail is the most popular, with an average of over 500 users each day. You can even bring along your furry friend to walk the trail and then visit the off-leash dog area to complete a perfect fall color walk. Just remember to always have your pets on no longer than a 6-foot leash, and be sure to clean up after them.
For-Mar Nature Preserve offers a maze of trails of over 383 acres to discover. Be adventurous and head off into the amazing canopy of hardwoods and native species and end up in a meadow, at a pond, over a bridge or even at a treehouse. Take in nature while getting in your steps and discovering the environment around you.
Wherever you are in Genesee County, you are never far from a trail in your Genesee County Parks!