||The history of the Irish Hills dates back to
the 19th century as a stopping point during the
five-day stagecoach trip between Detroit and
Chicago. The early 20th century saw the region
develop into a popular tourist destination, a
theme that continues today. The area features a
unique combination of picturesque countryside,
hometown charm and more than 50 lakes for
recreation and enjoyment.
As you begin to explore this area, don't miss the
755-acre Hidden Lake Gardens, the Walter J. Hayes State
Park, Cherry Creek Winery and many more hidden treasures
from golf courses to trails to antique and unique gift
Historic Walker Tavern, one of the first tourist attractions in the area
in the 1920s, offers opportunities to discover the early
days of stagecoach travel and trace the development of
US-12, known as the U.S. Heritage Trail. Stagecoaches
have long given way to automobile and motorcycle
aficionados who travel the road taking in the natural
beauty of the area for a pleasurable Sunday drive or an
extended trip of exploring.
A short distance down the
road is the hard-to-miss 1,400-acre
International Speedway, the State's largest sporting
venue. Thousands of race fans flock to the track each
summer to enjoy NASCAR and ARCA series racing on the
two-mile super speedway.
Heading north on M-50 leads
you to the “Heart of the Irish Hills,” downtown
Brooklyn, a cozy little town nestled between three lakes
and featuring a town square-like setting with a cupola
in its center. The entire Irish Hills area encompasses
parts of two counties (Jackson and Lenawee), as well as
Onsted, Tipton, Somerset Center, Napoleon, Norvell,
Cement City, Clarklake, and more.
Unparalleled water sports, fishing and hunting
opportunities exist throughout the Irish Hills, making
the area a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts
of all skill levels. A variety of accommodations exist
from local hotel properties to a plethora of camping
experiences and cottages along the miles of lakes.
Irish Hills offers enjoyment
and beauty in EVERY season!
For more information about
Brooklyn-Irish Hills and a free map of the area, visit
Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce website
or call (517) 592-8907.
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