Shooting Star Trail

Ride or walk on a
prairie trail past
native tall grasses
and wildflowers
near Austin in
SE Minnesota.

 

2016 Bike Ride

June 25th

Begins at Rose Creek this year.

The Rose Pedaler on MN Hwy 56
is the headquarters for all rides.

Links to the maps are on the
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 construction.
The eastern trailhead is in LeRoy
on MN 56 seven miles west of US 63.
The trail goes immediately
through Lake Louise State Park
on through Taopi and Adams,
right past the city park and on to
the temporary western trailhead
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, too.

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 Sweets Hotel (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. Adams 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 take out. 

Site Seeing & Historical Interest : All the cities, Rose Creek, Adams, 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
to 2015.

100 Mile
Century Ride-
Challenge
62 Mile also 100K
Farm & City
Challenger Ride
50 Mile
Workout -
Exerciser Ride
20 Mile & 40 Mile
Exerciser -
All Trail Rides
 6:30 am
Registration begins

7:00 am
100 Mile Ride begins

7:00 to 8:30 am
All other rides begin
ALSO:
a short Fun Ride
No charge for this
'unofficial' ride.

 

New Rest Area
Being Built

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.
Meier Memorial "Norwegiian" Replica Church
Click on this picture for a larger sized view of the model that Ken Hartwig is building.

This site is one of three related webs.  The others are:  Prairie Visions and
Shooting 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.

  

 

 

 

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