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Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

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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 and Nature Preserve features close to 10 miles of limestone 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.

 Restored historical buildings include: Lamont Country School, Sha/Adams House, Stavenger Lutheran Church and Brusseau Cabin. Tours of the buildings are available through reservation.

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Activities

  • Archery range
  • Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hiking
  • Historical interest
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Upcoming Events

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Fees

  • Annual: Park entrance licenses not required.
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round

Directions:

2 miles southwest of McCook Lake, Exit 4 off I-29

Nearest Town: North Sioux City

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Contact Info

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
272 Westshore Drive
McCook Lake, SD 57049
605.232.0873
Email: AdamsNature@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Visitor Center
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Park Rating


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.

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Guided Tours

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

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GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates
Latitude: 42.53905
Longitude: -96.52818
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