Located in the quiet northeast corner of Manistee County in northern lower Michigan, Marilla Township is home to about 392 residents. Directly in the center of the township is the Marilla Township Hall, and other historic buildings that mark what was Marilla, Michigan in the late 1800s. A thriving lumber community that began in 1869, Marilla was also a station on the Manistee and Northwestern Railroad. You can explore the area’s history by touring the Marilla Historical Museum and Pioneer Place.
Marilla Township includes parts of the Pere Marquette State Forest, scattered between the small farms. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts can hike part of the North Country Trail by starting at the Marilla Trailhead. The North Country Trail is a section of trail designated as the North Country National Scenic Trail that winds through seven states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. A suspension bridge which crosses the Manistee River giving access to the Manistee River Trail is another highlight of Marilla Township. more »