Itinerary Series: A Day In the Silver Lake & Hart Area (Spring Edition)

After the snow melts and flowers start to bloom, there’s no better time to shake off the winter blues and embark on a fun-filled day of adventure in the Silver Lake, Mears, and Hart areas. Located in Oceana County, these charming communities offer a variety of outdoor activities and unique local businesses to explore. Get ready to soak up the sun and create unforgettable memories with this springtime day trip itinerary.


Morning: A Scenic Hike and Delicious Breakfast

Kick off your day with a revitalizing hike, bike ride, or leisurely stroll along a part of the Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail State Park. This beautiful linear park stretches for 22 miles and offers a paved path perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as nature comes to life after a long winter.

After your refreshing morning on the trail, treat yourself to a well-deserved breakfast at 1950’s style Pink Elephant Diner in Hart and a craft-brewed coffee at Stella’s Coffee House.  This cozy spot is a local favorite, offering mouthwatering pastries and freshly brewed coffee to fuel you for the day ahead.


Mid-Morning: Off-Roading Adventure on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Now that you’re energized, it’s time for some adrenaline-pumping fun on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Rent an off-road vehicle or side-by-side at a local rental shop like Silver Lake Buggy Rentals or Silverback Off Road ORV Rental, and set off on an exhilarating adventure across the dunes. Feel the excitement of conquering the sandy terrain, with the fresh spring air and vibrant blue sky above.


Lunchtime: Refuel with a Hearty Meal

After working up an appetite on the dunes, head over to Hart for a delicious lunch at Big Hart Brewery. This local gem offers a diverse menu of mouthwatering dishes, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Pair your meal with one of their handcrafted beers, brewed on-site, for a true taste of Hart’s vibrant culinary scene.


Afternoon: Explore Local Shops and Attractions

Spend the afternoon strolling through the charming streets of Hart, discovering unique shops and attractions featuring five thrift shops downtown where you can sip on an adult beverage while your browse within Hart’s Social District. Don’t miss a visit to the Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society or the Historic District’s Museum and Village where you can learn about the area’s rich history and heritage. Make sure to stop by the Lakeside Coffee/Smoothie/Bagel Bar for a refreshing coffee or smoothie as you continue your exploration.


Late Afternoon: Relax by the Water

As the day winds down, head back to Silver Lake for some relaxation by the water. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Wave Club Water Sport Boat Rentals and paddle around the lake, taking in the serene surroundings. Alternatively, find a peaceful spot along the shoreline and simply soak up the sun as you watch the sun dip below the horizon.


Visit the Silver Lake & Hart Area!

A springtime day in the Silver Lake, Mears, and Hart areas offers countless opportunities for adventure and enjoyment. From hiking and off-roading to exploring local businesses and attractions, there’s something for everyone in this enchanting region. Shake off those winter blues and embrace the beauty of spring in Oceana County!