Adams, Minn., is a vibrant community of 800 people on the prairie, 5 miles north of the Minnesota-Iowa state line and about 15 miles southeast of Austin, 30 miles southwest of Rochester, and 100 miles south of Minneapolis-St.Paul.
Adams is on the Shooting Star Scenic Byway (MN Hwy 56 mile post 1-30) with a 20+ mile bicycle & hiking trail, the Shooting Star Recreational Trail, which mostly follows abandoned railroad tracks along Hwy 56. Slow down and enjoy native tall-grass prairie flowers, grasses, and herbs the pioneers encountered 100 years ago when they settled in this area.
Adams is one of four cities cooperating in an unusual joint-powers multi-community entity called Prairie Visions, which been very active in encouraging the construction of the recreational trail, the scenic byway designation and in conversation of the area native flora and fauna.
Find the 40-acre Adams City Park and Campground on the west side of town, with a large cabana with covered picnic tables, fireplaces, restrooms, basketball and volleyball courts, a playground and much more. A campground of six sites with electricity and water is open for short-term camping. At $14 per night, camping is on a first come basis, with no reservations and a sewer dump site available.
While in Adams, you can also spend an afternoon at the pool, try your hand at the public golf course, and take advantage of the many services offered throughout the town.