Shooting Star Scenic Byway Sign Shooting Star Scenic Byway
Glimpses of the
nearly extinct
tall grass prairie
and native
Can you identify these wildflowers?
  Photos by... Margie Meier
  Wildflower Tour       Photo Essay: Dozens of SE MN Wildflowers

Highway Map of the Shooting Star Scenic Byway

A beautiful color brochure of the many wildflowers along the scenic byway and their blooming seasons. Stop in at the Rose Pedaler in Rose Creek or at the Adams or LeRoy city halls to get your copy.

Colorful Map of the Shooting Star Scenic Byway

20 Miles of Yard Sales, June 12-13

In one weekend you can enjoy the natural beauty of the remnants of the ancient tall grass prairie and shop for amazing bargains in Rose Creek, Adams, Taopi and LeRoy.  Combine that with the two-day series of events at Adams Dairy Days, you will have lots to more things to do than time permits.  Those of us who live here, hope you will come back every year and enjoy the outdoors and small town Minnesota with us. 

2015 Summer Celebrations

Watch this space for links to more details about this year's events.

Adams - Dairy Days, June 12-13
LeRoy - SummerFest, July 25 - 26



The Shooting Star Scenic Byway is 30 miles of the southern end of Minnesota Highway 56 which begins at the junction with US63 just above the Iowa - Minnesota state line. MN56 closely parallels the now-abandoned route of a once-important branch of the Milwaukee Road from Decorah Iowa to Austin MN.

Portions of the right away of MN56 contain vigorous remnants of the original tall grass prairie flowers and plants.  More and more sections are being nurtured by MN Dept of Natural Resources and by area volunteers all along the Byway. Especially helpful are the volunteer fire crews from the cities of Adams, Rose Creek and LeRoy who help with prescribed burns to limit the invasive brush and weeds that infiltrate the original prairie. These controlled burns simulate the occasional prairie wild fires of yesteryear that naturally destroyed non-native plants. But, because natural tall grass prairie plants tolerate the burns they are able to quickly reestablish from their roots, thereby resisting the intrusions of forest plants or foreign introductions. The wonderful result is...  the character of the once vast prairies that settlers saw when they came here in the 19th century is preserved in these remnants.