Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
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Fall Color Driving Tour - Brooklyn Irish Hills

The Brooklyn-Irish Hills area features a unique combination of picturesque countryside, hometown charm and more than 50 lakes for recreation.

 

In the fall, the colors can be enjoyed throughout the area, but especially Grassy Lake Road, Comfort Road, Taylor Road, Killarney Highway, March Road and Prospect Hill Highway. Follow this self driven tour to fully appreciate the fall colors.

Begin your fall color tour on M-50 at Hidden Lake Gardens

West (right) on M-50 

North (right) on Wamplers Lake Road / M124 / Hayes State Park Entrance 

Check out both Hayes State Park and Jerry's Pub on Wampler's Lake.

South (left) on Pink Street

East (left) on US-12

At Eagan Highway check out St. Joseph Shrine and consider following the Irish Hills Historic Churches Tour.

South (right) on Springville Highway

Check out Springville Methodist Church also on the Irish Hills Historic Churches Tour.

West (right) on M-50

Consider continuing on M-50 to visit both Walker Tavern Historic Site and Brick Walker Tavern Antiques and Event Center, both were once stagecoach stops on the long journey from Detroit to Chicago.

West (left) on Laird Road which turns into Prospect Hill Highway

West (right) on Vischer Road

North (right) on Round Lake Highway

East (right) on US-12

North (left) on Brooklyn Rd.

North (left) on M-50 to your hotel room at Super 8 Brooklyn

Nearby restaurants here include:

Shady's Tap Room

Poppa's Place

Beach Bar

The Pointe Bar & Grill

Consider Golfing in Jackson County at nearby: 

Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant

Hills' Heart of the Lakes Golf Course

Greenbriar Golf Course

For more information about the Irish Hills area, visit IrishHillsRecreation.com or contact the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce at 517-592-8907.

Try another driving tour in the west side of the county or go to the northeast corner of the county.

Super 8 Brooklyn

(517) 592-0888
Website
419 S. Main Street
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Super 8 Brooklyn Super 8 Brooklyn hotel offers value and an ideal location off Highway 50. Our Brooklyn, MI, hotel near Michigan International Speedway offers easy access to Adrian, Jackson and Detroit. Lakeside recreation, beautiful... » More Information

Features
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Whirlpool Rooms
  • Barrier Free
  • Pets Allowed
  • Meeting Rooms
Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
Event Capacity
  • 230
  • Super 8 Brooklyn
  • Super 8 Brooklyn

Super 8 Brooklyn hotel offers value and an ideal location off Highway 50. Our Brooklyn, MI, hotel near Michigan International Speedway offers easy access to Adrian, Jackson and Detroit. Lakeside recreation, beautiful parks, major universities and more are all within close range.

Our Brooklyn, MI, hotel helps you get the rest you need to refuel for the road ahead. Each of our comfortable rooms includes free Wi-Fi Internet access so you stay connected, and we offer conveniences like 24-hour front desk service and free parking with plenty of space for your truck, bus or RV. If you need to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, book one of our Jacuzzi suites. In the morning, help yourself to free 8-item SuperStart breakfast bonanza and head out to the next destination. Our pet-friendly hotel also features guest laundry facilities and handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.

This property features a banquet room holding up to 230 people suitable for all your special event & wedding needs.Nearby restaurants include Big Boy Brooklyn, JR's Hometown Grill & Pub and Poppa's Place

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Hayes State Park

(517) 467-7401
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1220 Wamplers Lake Road
Onsted, MI 49265

Hayes State Park Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is located on Wamplers Lake and Round Lake great for fishing and boating. The park's close proximity to Michigan... » More Information

Park Features
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground Equipment
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Fishing Site
  • Lake Swimming Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Hayes State Park

Hayes State Park, in the heart of the Irish Hills, is located on Wamplers Lake and Round Lake great for fishing and boating. The park's close proximity to Michigan International Speedway, crafts and antique shows and Hidden Lake Gardens make Hayes State Park a prime tourist destination. This park also includes a modern campsite with mini cabins available. 

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Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant

(517) 467-4700
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650 Egan Hwy.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant On beautiful Wamplers Lake in the heart of the Irish Hills, Deck for outside dining overlooking the lake. Seating for 180 people. Wednesday is local's party night, Friday DJ, and... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri: 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

  • Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant
  • Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant
  • Jerry’s Pub and Restaurant

On beautiful Wamplers Lake in the heart of the Irish Hills, Deck for outside dining overlooking the lake. Seating for 180 people. Wednesday is local's party night, Friday DJ, and Saturday Live Band.

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Walker Tavern

517-467-4401 or 517-241-0731
Website
13220 M-50
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Walker Tavern In the mid 19th century, a stagecoach ride from Detroit to Chicago was a grueling five-day trip. Today, Sylvester Walker's stagecoach stop along that historic route offers stories of... » More Information

Hours

Open seasonally, May through October.

  • Walker Tavern

In the mid 19th century, a stagecoach ride from Detroit to Chicago was a grueling five-day trip. Today, Sylvester Walker's stagecoach stop along that historic route offers stories of Michigan's agricultural and travel heritage. Walker Tavern's exhibits focus on life in Michigan in the first half of the 19th century, the frontier and stagecoach era. The tavern includes an 1840s parlor, bar room, dining room and kitchen. The barn at Walker Tavern is a reproduction New England barn that houses exhibits about barns, travel and the historic roads around Walker Tavern. 

Don't Miss Summer Sunday Farmers Markets, The Walker Wheels Vintage Baseball Games, Picnic on the Lawn Concert Series and other great events. Walker Tavern is the home field for the Walker Wheels, a vintage "baseball" team that plays by 1860s rules – no gloves and gentlemanly conduct on the field. Follow the Walker Wheels on Facebook.

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Brick Walker Tavern

(517) 358-3201
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11705 US Hwy 12
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Brick Walker Tavern Nestled in the heart of the Irish Hills, this historic 3-story 163-year old stagecoach stop, popular dance hall and gathering place has been totally renovated into a unique and authentic... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 150
  • Brick Walker Tavern
  • Brick Walker Tavern
  • Brick Walker Tavern
  • Brick Walker Tavern

Nestled in the heart of the Irish Hills, this historic 3-story 163-year old stagecoach stop, popular dance hall and gathering place has been totally renovated into a unique and authentic site for memorable WEEKEND WEDDINGS and SPECIAL EVENTS.  Spanning the entire 3rd floor is the Grand Ballroom with beautiful chandeliers, rustic décor and vintage atmosphere will certainly make you feel as though you are back in time.   We offer a large warming kitchen for catering needs.  Relax on the private patio, fireside chat area or pavilion, enjoy the ever changing flower gardens, and offers plenty of amenities for a lifelong memorable stay.

Our RUSTIC BARN is a beautiful 2-story post and pillar barn features a grand staircase, classy and rustic mix of chandeliers, outdoor ceremony or group photo area.  Add to your special photos with our original 1800's wagon and Ford flatbed truck.

For more information Email the Brick Walker Tavern or call (517) 358-3201 

Capacity

Grand Ballroom - 100

Rustic Barn - 150

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Shady’s Tap Room

517-938-8733
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110 N. Main St.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Shady’s Tap Room A new brewpub that features about 14 Michigan micro-brew beers on tap in the Village of Brooklyn. Along with featuring Michigan craft beers, the pub has a full liquor license and... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Wed: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Thu - Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Live Music Most Saturday Nights
Closed on Sundays

  • Shady’s Tap Room
  • Shady’s Tap Room
  • Shady’s Tap Room
  • Shady’s Tap Room

A new brewpub that features about 14 Michigan micro-brew beers on tap in the Village of Brooklyn. Along with featuring Michigan craft beers, the pub has a full liquor license and has a menu of signature pizzas, sandwiches, salads and dips.

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Beach Bar

(517) 529-4211
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3505 Ocean Beach Rd.
Clarklake , MI 49234

Beach Bar Good Food, Good Friends, Good Fun! They are known for their world-famous soups, made every morning from scratch. They take pride in offering a one-of-a-kind menu using fresh never... » More Information

Hours

Mon & Tues: Closed

Wed - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sun: noon - 8:00 pm

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
Event Capacity
  • 50
  • Beach Bar

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Fun! They are known for their world-famous soups, made every morning from scratch. They take pride in offering a one-of-a-kind menu using fresh never frozen ingredients. Their sandwiches, croissants, salads and pizzas are made as you ordered, never pre-made. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere!

Jackson's Best Outdoor Deck Seating Restaurant of 2013

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​Group Info

Large groups are welcome with enough parking and a turn around area.

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The Pointe Bar & Grill

(517) 529-7116
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1200 Eagle Point Drive
Clarklake, MI 49234

The Pointe Bar & Grill Great food with a fantastic view right on Clark Lake. Drink specials include Tasty Tuesdays where all wines under $50 are half off all night and happy hour from 4 to 6 pm... » More Information

Hours

Monday - Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm
Sunday 11am - 7pm

  • The Pointe Bar & Grill
  • The Pointe Bar & Grill
  • The Pointe Bar & Grill

Great food with a fantastic view right on Clark Lake. Drink specials include Tasty Tuesdays where all wines under $50 are half off all night and happy hour from 4 to 6 pm Wednesday and Thursday when all beers, well drinks and wine by the glass are discounted $1. Signature drinks include the Pleasant Viewtini, the Clarklake Sunset and the Raft Warmer. Don't miss weekend live music nights!

MOTOR COACH & GROUP INFORMATION

Large groups and tour buses welcome by reservation. 

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Poppa’s Place

(517) 592-4625
208 S. Main St.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Poppa’s Place Down home diner with big portions at reasonable prices. Known for their breakfast, especially the Hillbilly Omelet. 

Hours

Mon-Sat 7 am - 8 pm

  • Poppa’s Place

Down home diner with big portions at reasonable prices. Known for their breakfast, especially the Hillbilly Omelet. 

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Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant

(517) 592-6259
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5535 Wesch Rd.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant Nestled between the lakes of Columbia and Clark Lake, lies Clark Lake Golf Course. Family owned since 1948, this course offers the public 27 holes to golf. The North and South... » More Information

Hours

Golf Course Hours

Monday - Sunday : 8:00am - 6:30pm

(Twilight golf after 6:30pm)

Resturant Hours

Sunday - Thursday : 11:00am - 9:00pm

Friday - Saturday : 11:00am - 10:00pm

Course Information
  • Holes: 18.00
  • Par: 73.00
  • Yardage: 6,632
  • Driving Range
  • Restaurant
Course Information
  • Holes: 9.00
  • Par: 35.00
  • Yardage: 2,996
  • Driving Range
  • Restaurant
Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 150
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant
  • Clark Lake Golf Course & Restaurant

Nestled between the lakes of Columbia and Clark Lake, lies Clark Lake Golf Course. Family owned since 1948, this course offers the public 27 holes to golf. The North and South Courses are Michigan’s longest regulation blue tees, totaling 7,580 yards. Designed by Frank Forgione, the east nine opened in 1924. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are bent grass and the fairways are bluegrass.

From the well-maintained greens to the beautiful timbers that line the inside walls of the restaurant there is so much to experience. As you walk through the door to the restaurant you're greeted with a friendly, upbeat atmosphere. Whether you're looking for a great spot to sit and enjoy the game, or a quiet dining experience with the family the clubhouse can accommodate your needs.

Banquet Info

No event is too big or too small!  Clark Lake Golf course has banquet facilities, separate from the restaurant seating (max cap. 80), capable of accommodating 150, including a golf outing, wedding, shower, company gathering, holiday party or any other special event. The banquet room has numerous windows providing a fabulous view of the original nine-hole golf course.  All packages are customized to meet your specific needs.  Please call for more details regarding the banquet rooms. 

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Hills’ Heart of the Lakes Golf Course

(517) 592-2110
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500 Case Rd.
Brooklyn, MI 49230

Hills’ Heart of the Lakes Golf Course The 18-hole Hills Heart of the Lakes Golf Course is a public golf course that opened in 1969. Designed by Mike Hill, Hills' Heart of the Lakes Golf Course measures 5,472 yards... » More Information

Hours

Grill closes at 9 pm Mon - Fri and 6 pm Sat & Sun

Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/31

Course Information
  • Holes: 18.00
  • Par: 69.00
  • Yardage: 5,472
  • Restaurant
Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
Event Capacity
  • 90
  • Hills’ Heart of the Lakes Golf Course

The 18-hole Hills Heart of the Lakes Golf Course is a public golf course that opened in 1969. Designed by Mike Hill, Hills' Heart of the Lakes Golf Course measures 5,472 yards from the longest tees. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Golf Digest Places to Play Rating: 3 Stars

Monday - Friday after 6 pm

9 Holes w/Cart - $15.00
Wednesdays after 1 pm
18 Holes w/Cart $20.00


Fridays until 2 pm
50 and over - 18 Holes w/Cart $18.00*
*Excludes holiday and race weekends.
 

Weekends after 2 pm
18 Holes w/Cart $29.00
9 Holes w/Cart $18.00

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