Follow the link for a description of the Hart-Montague Rail Trail.
Picnicking- picnic tables and pavillion at the trailhead, child & adult sized picnic tables slightly south of the trailhead at the Elm Tree Project sign
Elm Tree Project - Sadly, in 2008, the elm tree has died.
"Years ago, the American Elm Tree could be found in parks and parways, in cities and villages across the country. Then starting in the 1930's a beetle bourne blight called the Dutch Elm Disease killed off most of these magnificent trees. Today only a few survive. This is a project to reintroduce the American Elm Tree back into our community. These 500 small trees are resistant to the Dutch Elm Disease. When they reaced six to eight feet in height, they were transplanted into the Oceana County area by students and parents from the New Era Christian School."
Historic Site- There is information posted at the trailhead kiosk about the 1894 Covell Train Wreck including the full text of a poem, by Ralph C. Kidder, written about the event, and a newspaper story.
Handicap Accessibility- there is supposed to be a barrier free rest room at the Country Fair Mall 1 block south of the trailhead, but I am not certain where this is exactly.
Rest Rooms and Potable Water
Rest Rooms- latrines
Potable Water- none
Access- via paved Parkside St off Oceana Drive/ 1st Street in New Era. Parking for only 2 vehicles there, but large gravel parking area is just across 1st St.
Restrictions- no camping,
Seasonality- trail open all year, parking may not be plowed
Ecosystem- mowed lawn in small village
Other points of interest- small town services, small stream with attractive stone bridge
most recent date this info personally checked- July 2010
Additional Facilities- none
Maintained by- Michigan DNR- State Park
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