Hart Montague Trail Michigan
The Hart-Montague Trail is a State Park and is a paved 22-mile linear park trail converted from an old railroad corridor. It opened in 1991 providing passage through rural, forested areas with scenic overlooks and picnic areas along the way. In 1996 the Hart-Montague Trail became the first of two trails in Michigan to be designated as Michigan Trailways.
The trail is also a designated wildlife viewing area and the platforms along the way are perfect for viewing birds and the occasional encounter with white-tail deer and other woodlands inhabitants. You can enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Horse back riding is also allowed except on the paved portions of the trail. The trail is accessible from Hart, Montague, Mears, Shelby and New Era. The trail head in Montague offers excellent parking and is directly across the street from the Weathervane Inn for those seeking accommodations.
The bridge over the White River in Montague, Michigan is just the beginning of a great day of nature site seeing. As you move along the trail you will find meadows, orchards, fields and even a section of old Michigan prairie. Bird watchers will be rewarded with a huge variety of species and I encourage you to take a camera along. You never know what wildlife will be encountered and there is a high probability of seeing songbirds year round. The Hart-Montague Trail is a convenient way to enjoy outdoor Michigan in any season of the year.