Shooting Star State Trail

The Shooting Star State Trail begins in the city of LeRoy in Mower County, and travels north through Lake Louise State Park. It then heads west towards Taopi, and continues to the city of Rose Creek, allowing trail users to experience a rural landscape. The trail passes by several additional interpretive/recreational opportunities, including Rustic Retreat Wildlife Management Area, Shooting Star Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, Taopi Prairie Interpretive Area, and Mower County Natural and Scenic Area.

When completed, the Shooting Star State Trail will connect the towns of LeRoy, Taopi, Adams, Rose Creek, Austin and Lyle. Current paved portion of the trail from LeRoy to Rose Creek totals almost 20 miles.

Shooting Star State Trail

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Landscape

Current and future portions of the trail will parallel Highway 56, also known as the Shooting Star Wildflower and Historic Route Scenic Byway. The native wildflowers and grasses are a highlight of this byway and trail. Most tallgrass prairie has been taken for agricultural use, but prairie remnants are places where prairie smoke, rattlesnake master and wild indigo, sunflowers, asters, goldenrods, and blazing stars, are found. The trail connects to Lake Louise State Park. The Upper Iowa River had been dammed to provide power for a grist mill, forming a lake. After the mill was abandoned, the site became Wildwood Park and later a state park. In the summer, the trail is popular for hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating. Winter uses include cross-country skiing.

Permits

You will need a ski pass for cross-country skiing. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail, although parking in the state parks does require a daily or annual pass.

 

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • In the area
  • Etiquette
  • Winter

Parking

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle!

Parking is available at the following trail accesses:

  • Adams: Located on the south side of Highway 56 (West Main Street) just west of 5th Street
  • LeRoy: Located east of County Road 14 on Lowell Street
  • Rowe Pit: Located north of LeRoy off County Road 14
  • Lake Louise State Park: (park permit required)
  • Shooting Star Prairie SNA: From LeRoy 4.5 miles northwest on Highway 56. Turn west at 130th St and park on north road shoulder.
  • Taopi: Located on south side of Highway 56, between Maple and Main Streets

Restrooms

Restroom facilities are provided along the trail at these points:

  • Adams City Park and Campground: The park is located on the west site of town.
  • Lake Louise State Park: Lake Louise picnic area and swimming beach (park permit required)
  • City of Taopi

In the area

Nearby DNR recreational areas include:

State Park

State Water Trail

Scientific and Natural Area

State Wildlife Management Areas

Also in the area:

Austin Convention and Visitor's Bureau This link leads to an external site.

Shooting Star Scenic Byway This link leads to an external site.


Explore Minnesota Tourism This link leads to an external site.

This link leads to Explore Minnesota Tourism's website.

Trail etiquette

Share the trail with others.

  • Stay on the trail.
  • Keep to the right.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • Clean up all pet waste.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Respect private property adjacent to the trail.
  • Camping and campfires are not permitted on the Shooting Star State Trail.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
  • Minnesota Rules, 6100.3000 apply on the Shooting Star State Trail.

Winter use

You will need a ski pass if you will be cross-country skiing.