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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 Searl 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
605.232.0873
Email: AdamsNature@state.sd.us


Activities

BikingBirdwatchingCross country skiingHikingHistorical interest

Educational Nature Programs

Facilities / Services

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Visitor Center

Cross Country Ski Rentals

  • Skis, boots and poles available on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Limited sizes
  • Daily Rentals - $5
  • Weekend Rentals - $10. Must be picked up on Friday and returned by Monday.

Historical Interest

  • Restored Buildings
  • Interpretive exhibits

Observe Nature

Adams features 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.

Directions

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

Area Attractions

Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
Union Grove State Park
W.H. Over Museum
Shrine to Music
Clay County Lakeside Use Area

Maps

Location Map
Trail map and guide

Nearest Town

North Sioux City

Fees

No entrance fee required.