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   The bridge near The Fred Meijer Flat River from the M-57 bridge at Jackson’s Landing to just north of M-57 and the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, from M-57 to the Flat River, will be closed for reconfiguration of the Trail intersection. Construction is anticipated to begin on May 20 with construction of a new parking area, but will move to the Trail soon after. Construction could require closure to late July or early August. Advance notice signs will be posted near the date of closure. A temporary detour will cross M57 at the road surface and use the driveway to Jackson’s Landing.  PLEASE use caution in this area.


April 19, 2024 Work Day

We had a crew work for scraping and painting Camelback Bridge off of Lake Rd on the Trail.  The crew included Don and Karen Stearns, Drew Vielbig and Brady Friss (both from Ranger Power), Dianne Wilson, Nicki Hansen, and Mary Humm.  We were also joined by two tree frogs!!  It turned out to be a beautiful day!


Portions of the trail will be resealed this summer.  Check back soon to see the scheduled dates.


Pingree to Warner - 2 mi

Pine St - North (estimated .5 mi) - to be partially covered by Central Montcalm grant

Carlson to Sidney - 1 mi - covered by Greenville Foundation grant

Sidney to Grow - 1.7 mi

Deaner to Forest - .8 mi

Deaner to Lake Montcalm - 1 mi

Subsidence South of Derby




Sorensen memorial
     A bike repair station in memory of Ron Sorensen was placed in McBride at a trail head of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. Sorensen, who passed away in 2022, was a long-time community member who helped develop and maintain the Trail. Cyclists riding along the Trail may used the station for quick repairs.
     Ron became involved with the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail and played an important role in its early development. Ron designed and built all of the kiosks along the trail. He built a form of the logo and got permission to have it imprinted in the wet cement at the road crossings during some of the construction projects. He was involved in the development of the maintenance policy for the Friends of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail organization. He found and marked the Continental Watershed Divide on the Trail, near Neff Rd at Edmore. Sorensen spent hours volunteering on Trail projects and hours on his bike on the Trail, looking for things that needed attention.
     Ron’s impact on his community will be felt for years to come and this memorial will remind others of his impact.

Horton Bench Donation


On Christmas of 2022 Craig and Isabel Horton’s daughters Bianca, Kathy, Carol, Lori, and Trudi gave them a Trail bench, located east of the Vestaburg Depot. Craig and Isabel have been supporters and users of the Trail through Vestaburg from the beginning to the present. They enjoy the seasonal gifts of nature and the benefits of physical exercise while walking! Thank you to Craig and Isabel for their long-time support and to their girls and families for honoring them through the donation of this Trail bench.

Trail Events - Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Any organization wishing to use the FMHT for an event must fill out the Application Form and send the FFMHT a copy of the insurance company that lists the FFMHT and the Mid West Michigan Trail Authority as covered entities.  Click on the links below to download the forms.


Please be aware that the FFMHT Board of Directors passed a resolution that no races will be allowed on the Trail.  The Trail is too narrow to safely accommodate racing and general use together.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority:

Event Form

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