Our Thumb Area Community

McLaren Thumb Region hospital
McLaren Thumb Region hospital

Bad Axe serves as the county seat and is the largest community in Huron County, as well as a commercial center for the upper Thumb area.

Before Civil War times, the first widely used trail through the thumb area wilderness was being surveyed. Workers made camp and found a 'badly damaged axe'. Noted on the minutes of their survey and on a sign placed along the trail, Bad Axe was on the map and is used to this day. 

Bad Axe is community of just under 4,000 located right in the heart of Huron County. Outside the city limits the area is surrounded by woods and farmland, and inside is a variety of restaurants, florists, parks, churches, hotels, and an abundance of small, locally owned businesses, with more opening all the time!

Just a short drive away is Lake Huron, which offers many recreational activities for all! Boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, and camping are just a few of the activities to take part in while in Michigan’s Thumb.