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Friday, July 16, 2010

Hart-Montague Trail State Park

The 22 mile paved pathway between Hart and Montague was the first converted railtrail in Michigan. Bill Field of Shelby was a man of vision. He was able to purchase the former railroad and then donate it to the State of Michigan, making it one of the first "Rails to Trails" projects in our state. It opened in 1991. The map is provided from the Michigan Department of Natural resources. Winding through a portion of the Manistee National Forest, it's the first linear state park in Michigan with a paved pathway 8 feet across. In the winter the trail is used by snowmobilers and dog-sledders! Today marks the one year anniversary of our blog. We started with a railtrail in Detroit: the Dequindre Cut Greenway and we thought it à propos to speak about the first converted railtrail in Michigan on this anniversary. Thanks for supporting us.

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