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The Irish Hills is an area of land located roughly in southeastern Jackson County and northwest Lenawee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Its name comes from the Irish immigrants who settled there from 1830-1850. It is renowned throughout the state for its beautiful scenery, especially in the summer, with its many rolling hills and larger lakes surrounding the 654-acre (2.65 km2) Hayes State Park. It is also known for its chain of smaller lakes along Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12) that link to Cambridge Junction Historic State Park which adjoins the Michigan International Speedway.
The Irish Hills has a number of resorts including the Irish Hills Resort Campgrounds and Evans Lake Resort. Real Estate marketers regard the Irish Hills as a resort area. Regarding tourism, the Irish Hills offers a modest amount of "tourist trapping," with its scenery, state parks, and lakes as significant attractions. It had several family-oriented locations, including an old west theme park known as Stagecoach Stop (now closed). It's known for its several family-owned restaurants and bars that offer a variety of different food. There are several places to lodge, mostly on lakefront areas. The Michigan International Speedway hosts NASCAR races with about 300,000 fans a year during the racing season of June, July, and August visiting the Irish Hills.
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