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Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

Adams Homestead

Spanning 1,500 acres along the Missouri River, this area was donated to the people of South Dakota in 1984 by Mary and Maud Adams, granddaughters of original homesteader Stephen Searls Adams. They envisioned the area as a place where people, particularly youth, could enjoy the land and learn more about the natural world surrounding them. Mary and Maud wanted to give others a "place for inner renewal."

Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
272 Westshore Drive
McCook Lake, SD 57049

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 42.53905
Long: -96.528179



BikingBirdwatchingCross country skiingHikingHistorical interest

Facilities / Services

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Visitor Center

Historical Interest

  • Restored historical buildings
  • Interpretive exhibits

Education Programs

Check out the fun educational programs Adams Homestead host throughout the year.

Observe Nature

Adams features close to 10 miles of trails that wind through prairie, forest and along the riverbank. With over 100 species of birds, a variety of native plants and a number of different animals, visitors are immersed in nature.

Guided Tours

Guided golf cart tours are available by reservation for visitors with physical limitations, contact the park for details.


Southeastern South Dakota: 2 miles southwest of McCook Lake, Exit 4 off I-29

Area Attractions


Location Map
Trail map and guide

Nearest Town

North Sioux City


No entrance fee required.