Shooting Star Scenic Byway Sign Shooting Star Scenic Byway
Glimpses of the
nearly extinct
tall grass prairie
and native flowers.
 Wildflowers Along the Byway

      Photos by Margie Meier

Highway Map of the Shooting Star Scenic Byway

A beautiful color brochure of  the many wildflowers along the byway and their blooming seasons is available at the Rose Pedaler in Rose Creek or at the Adams or LeRoy city halls.  This is a collector item that Ken Hartwig and Dan Evans helped put together.

Colorful Map of the Shooting Star Scenic Byway

 

 

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 an 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 brush and weeds. These burns simulate the occasional prairie fires of yesteryear that naturally did the same thing.  Because natural tall grass prairie plants tolerate the burns they are able to resist the intrusions of forest plants or foreign introductions and thereby, the character of the once vast prairies settled in the 19th century is preserved in these remnants.