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Welcome to the City of Hart

The charming City of Hart is located along the shores of the all-sport Hart Lake, just miles from Lake Michigan. Its historic downtown is an excellent place for shopping, eating, and entertainment. In addition, Hart is home to Michigan’s first rail-trail that spans 23 miles south, used year-round by bicyclists, snowmobilers, runners, and walkers.

While many enjoy this area as a vacation destination, it is also known for its thriving business climate with companies whose products are marketed locally and globally. Hart welcomes new residents, businesses, and year-round visitors with a team of professionals ready to help you every step of the way.

If you’ve dreamed of a friendly place to raise your family that offers an active outdoor lifestyle, rich history, great schools, and good jobs... Hart is a place you can call "home."


Public meeting agendas and public hearing information will be posted at least 18-hours prior to the meeting. You can find the information under the "Connect" menu tab above or the link below.

Printed meeting packets are available upon request at Hart City Hall.

Discover John Gurney Park

Discover John Gurney ParkPlan a stay or visit John Gurney Park and Campground, walking distance from downtown Hart, situated on a picturesque bluff that follows the eastern shoreline of Hart Lake. The campground offers sites ranging from rustic to full hookup, nightly to seasonal, a camp store, playground, boat lodge, bike rentals, activity pillion, a picnic arbor, and numerous outdoor sports amenities.

Historic District Village & Museum

bowls of michigan treesHart Historic District Museum and Village is located on the edge of Chippewa Creek just blocks from Downtown Hart. This village invites guests to tour the historical buildings and numerous old-time attractions throughout the museum that will take you on a journey 150 years into the past. Tour a restored 19th-century church, one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, Chief Cobmoosa’s house, Hart Train Station, an original grist, flour mill, and windmill. In the mill, watch the animated doll display in action. The church basement houses the extensive and unique “Seymour Rider Indian Artifacts Collection”, a must-see for antique Indian and history buffs. During the month of December, the Historic District is adorned with old-time streetscape holiday decorations.

Every Picture Tells a Story

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  • 1960's
  • Soldier's 1912
  • Dodge Dealership
  • Hart High School
  • Worker Photo 1920's
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Discover the Hart-Montague Trail

Hart-Montague Trail at Rothbury, MichiganHart is proud to be known for the William Field Hart-Montague Trail State Park - the first paved rail-trail spanning 22 miles south to Montague, Michigan with picnic areas and scenic outlooks along the way. It is utilized year-round by outdoor and recreation enthusiasts.

The City of Hart marks the north end of the trail, providing easy access and plenty of amenities. The trail was once a Grand Rapids to Pentwater railroad line dating back to 1872.

Find convenient free parking at our trail access point with refreshments and food nearby. Check the links below for trail information and maps, courtesy of Michigan Trails Magazine and website.

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City of Hart

407 State St. Map
Hart, Michigan 49420
Phone: 231-873-2488
Fax: 231-873-0100

City Manager: 231-873-3546
Clerk: 231-923-0012
Accounts Payable: 231-923-3837
Utilities: 231-923-3810
Hart Police Department: 231-923-0696 or 231-923-0851
Central Dispatch: 231-869-5858.

8:00a to 5:00p, Monday-Friday