The City of Hillsdale is located in the rolling, fertile hills of south central Michigan, bordering Indiana and Ohio. As the county seat of Hillsdale County, the City of Hillsdale offers small town living coupled with natural beauty and abundant recreational, educational arts and cultural opportunities.
In the late 1800’s, Hillsdale was a booming railroad town. Beautiful Victorian homes lined the streets, many of which are still occupied today. The historic downtown has retained much of its charm and remains the center of government and commerce for Hillsdale County. A wide variety of unique, locally owned retail stores and restaurants add to Downtown’s quaint atmosphere.
The Hillsdale Community Health Center provides state-of-the-art health care to regional residents and is the only acute care hospital facility in Hillsdale County.
Mrs. Stock’s Park and the Baw Beese Trail (a walking and bike path) remain the perfect scenic getaway. Downtown Hillsdale is also just moments away from the all sports Baw Beese Lake and Sandy Beach recreation area. Hillsdale County itself is an outdoor enthusiast paradise, with 350 lakes and ponds, and is the headwaters of five major rivers.
Educationally, Hillsdale is second to none. Hillsdale Community Schools, Will Carleton Academy, and Hillsdale Prepatory School provide public and private K-12 educational opportunities. Hillsdale is also the home of Hillsdale college, a renowned independent, liberal arts college. Located, just “up the hill” from Downtown, Hillsdale College provides numerous arts and cultural opportunities for the community.
In the last full weekend in September, it’s the Hillsdale County Fair. “The most popular fair on earth,” which has the distinction of being Michigan’s final fair each year. There is top drawer entertainment, exhibits and a variety of other competitions.
In the winter, Hillsdale county offers ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and a host of other activities. Hillsdale offers year round beauty and enjoyment for all ages.