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Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

Map of TRACK Trail at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

The Adams Homestead TRACK Trail follows the Lake Loop, a fully-accessible multi-use trail. The Lake Loop is 3.8 miles round-trip, travelling through woodlands and open fields.

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."

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker of Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

Location Details

Recreational Features: Paved Bike Path, Mountain Bike Trails, Picnic Tables, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center, Gift Shop
ADA Compliant: Yes
Seasonality:
Adam's Barn
Trail through trees
Adam's Homestead
Trail through a tunnel of trees

Adventures for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

Hiking

Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to frog hops, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Birds of South Dakota brochure
Hiking

Birds of South Dakota

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
The Birds of the South Dakota brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
The Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

The Need For Trees

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
3.80
By following the picture and text clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, kids will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During their adventure, kids will learn about the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.

Directions

272 Westshore Drive
McCook Lake, SD 57049
Latitude: 42.540658300000
Longitude: -96.526849200000

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

CLICK HERE FOR MAPS AND OFFICIAL DIRECTIONS

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed between the Kids in Parks program and the South Dakota State Parks Department, with funds provided by South Dakota Department of Health, Healthy South Dakota Program.