Wexford County is positioned between Manistee and Grand Traverse Counties along the North Country Trail in Michigan's Lower Peninsula
Wexford County is considered to be a micropolis of Cadillac. However, most of the northern part of the county is within the Pere Marquette State Forest along the Manistee River, and is rural/forested in nature.
Services Pertinant to the Trail:
Mesick is the closest village to the trail. There are motels, campgrounds, restaurants and a host of small town services. Mesick is about 1 mile off the trail from two different road crossings (M115 and M37). Post Office 49668. There are no other services near the trail in Wexford County.
Cadillac is the largest city with a population of 10,000. Manistee National Forest Ranger Station, Wexford County Sheriff Department, and Wexford County courthouse are all in Cadillac which is about 20 miles southeast of the trail.
Wexford County was first formed in 1840 under the name Kautawaubet County, which means "broken tooth" in Potawatomi. It was the name of a local Potawatomi chief. In 1843 the name was changed to Wexford to honor a county in Ireland of that name. In 1869 it was formally organized as a Michigan County.
Briar Hill, just south of Mesick, is the highest point in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan at 1706 feet. It is visible from several points along the trail. Soil varies from pre-glacial clay to the sand of Wisconsin Ice Age moraines. Some of the sand hills were formed by wind action following the glacial era.
Pere Marquette State Forest
The Surface Geology of Wexford County, Stewart, David Perry, 1948
personal experience and various public records
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