Begins at Rose Creek this year.
The Rose Pedaler on MN Hwy 56
Links to the maps are on the
is the headquarters for all rides.
2015 Bike Ride Information page,
and in the side bar on the right.
The Shooting Star Trail has 22 miles
of 8 foot wide asphalt
in excellent condition,
but the final miles into Austin's Hormel Nature Center are under
The eastern trailhead is in LeRoy
on MN 56 seven miles west
of US 63.
The trail goes immediately
through Lake Louise State Park
through Taopi and Adams,
right past the city park and on to
in Rose Creek, 5 miles south of I-90
on MN 56, just a
few miles outside of Austin.
Parking & Rest Areas:
You will find plenty of parking at the 2016 ride headquarters at the
Rose Pedaler which is just outside Rose Creek or at the bank parking
lot next door.
Other parking areas are at the LeRoy eastern trailhead, at the Adams City Park,
at the Norwegian Stave Church replica halfway between Adams and at
Rose Creek near the Rose Creek trailhead. and at
the Rose Pedaler on MN 56 and at the Taopi rest area.
Most of these also have restrooms and picnic areas. Bike racks have
been placed at a number of key places and rest benches,
Places to Stay
: Riders who wish to stay overnight may contact the
Rose Pedaler /
Log Cabin Inn (SE edge of Rose Creek on MN 56) or
(on Main Street in LeRoy on MN 56). It will also be "camping season" at
Lake Louise State Park, one of the top-rated camping facilities
in the MN State Park system.
City Park also has overnight camping and an outdoor swimming pool
near the park.
Food Service: Rose Creek,
Adams and LeRoy business establishments offer choices of fine dining, down-home cooking, and
Site Seeing & Historical Interest
: All the cities, Rose Creek,
Taopi and LeRoy have
other places of interest to visit, such as historical buildings,
prairie preserves with many native wildflowers, including some rare
ones (see our sister web --
Shooting Star Byway).
Pristine Prairie and Native Wildflowers: Much of the trail
has been built over what was once the railway of the old Milwaukee
Road which dates back to the opening of the pristine prairies. That
means this trail takes a person through remnants of the
centuries-old tall grass prairie.
Lake Louise State Park:
Because the trail runs through
the park with its own picnic and camping facilities, hiking trails and even
horse facilities, NO park admission
fee is required for those who enter the park on the trail.
You will find a friendly welcome
at ALL these places.
2016 Routes are expected to be pretty similar
62 Mile also 100K
Farm & City
20 Mile &
All Trail Rides
100 Mile Ride
All other rides begin
a short Fun Ride
No charge for this
New Rest Area
Midway between Adams and Rose Creek near the junction of
Mower Co Road 5 and MN Hwy 56, a replica Norwegian church is being
constructed to serve as a covered rest stop. This is a
memorial to Margie Meier, a stalwart in the founding of the trail.
Click on this picture for a larger sized view of the model that Ken Hartwig is
This site is one of three related webs.
The others are:
Star Scenic Byway. Together all three represent a cooperation by
the four small cities of Adams, LeRoy, Rose Creek and Taopi in
southeast Mower County
plus a dedicated cadre of volunteers who proudly wish to share their historic and
scenic attractions with the rest of the state and country.