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Shooting Star State Trail, currently 19 miles long, is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path from LeRoy (east) to Rose Creek (west). It follows an unused railroad bed on Milwaukee Road, which once stretched from the Midwest through the Rocky Mountains.
The eastern end of the trail begins in LeRoy, just 0.25 mile beyond Lake Louise State Park. The trail winds through open meadows and hardwood groves before emerging onto the agricultural fields to the west. The trail then skirts both the Mower County Natural and Scenic Area and the Shooting Star Prairie Scientific and Natural Area as it heads west through the communities of Taopi and Adams and, finally, to the western trailhead at Rose Creek.
Midway between Adams and Rose Creek, a memorial in the form of a Norwegian church has been erected as a rest stop in honor of Margie Meier, a staunch supporter of the trail. The scenic trail includes bike racks and rest benches in key places along the route.
Construction has begun on an 8-mile western extension of the trail from Rose Creek to Austin and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.
Restrooms and picnic areas are available in LeRoy, Lake Louise State Park, Taopi, and the Adam City Park and Campground on the west side of town.
To reach the LeRoy trailhead, from I-90, take Exit 209A. Turn left onto MN 30/US 63, and go 12.3 miles south. Turn right onto MN 16, and go 1.5 miles. Turn left onto 770th Ave., and go 13.6 miles. Turn left onto W. Lowell St. Ample parking is available at the trailhead between 770th Ave. and N. Mather St.
Parking is also available in Adams north of Main St. in Adams City Park. Take I-90 to Exit 193. Head east on MN 16, and in 0.3 mile turn right onto County Road 7/670th Ave. In 9.3 miles veer left onto 665th Ave., and go 1.5 miles. Turn right onto W. Main St., and in 0.3 mile turn left onto Adams Park Road.
Ample parking is also available at the Rose Creek trailhead. Take I-90 to Exit 187. Head north on MN 20, and immediately turn left onto 220th St. In 1.8 miles turn left onto 610th Ave. In 5.5 miles turn left onto 170th St./Maple St. S.E. Parking will be on the right.
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