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 crystal blue 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 shops. Find more on IrishHills.com.
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 Michigan 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 superspeedway. There are many other events held at MIS, including the Faster Horses Country Music 3 Day Festival, Backyard Hockey Tournament, Spirit of America Blood Drive and the MHSAA Cross Country State Championship.
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 four counties (Jackson, Lenawee, Hillsdale and Washtenaw) along with 14 municipalities including: Addison, Cambridge Township, Columbia Township, Liberty Township, Manchester Township, Onsted, Norvell Township, Napoleon Township, Somerset Township, Cement City, Franklin Township, Woodstock Township, and Rollin Township.
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.
For more information about Brooklyn-Irish Hills and a free map of
the area, please
visit the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce website or call (517) 592-8907.
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