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Description - 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 others, 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."

Attractions - Adams features several restored buildings, taking the visitor back in time. The Shay-Adams Home contains many of the original furnishings, and accompanied by a barn, country school and church, the area seems to come alive with history.

Adams features more than 10 miles of trails that wind through prairie, forest and along the riverbank. And, with over 100 species of birds, a variety of native plants and a number of different animals, visitors are immersed in nature. Wildlife viewing blinds, the displays in the visitor center and nature programs all add to the experience.

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

Nearby Attractions

Spirit Mound Historic Prairie, north of Vermillion

Union Grove State Park

W.H. Over Museum, Vermillion

Shrine to Music, at USD in Vermillion

Clay County Lakeside Use Area, west of Vermillion

Recreation - Camping: No camping. Day use only.

Recreation/Day Use: Bike trail. Cross-country ski trail. Accessible hiking trail - guided golf cart tours available by reservation for visitors with physical limitations. Historical interest. Accessible picnic shelter. Nature observation. Visitor center.

Location - Located 2 miles SW of McCook Lake, Exit 4 off I-29

Open year-round. Call ahead for visitor center hours.

Park entrance license NOT required.

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Contact Information:
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve , 272 Westshore Drive , McCook Lake, SD , 57049, Phone: (605) 232-0873
, AdamsNature@state.sd.us

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