Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve covers a total area of 1,500 acres on the Missouri River in Union County, South Dakota. The topography of this preserve is mostly made up of forest terrain, prairie, and the natural beauty by the riverbank. The area is filled with lots of native plants, over 100 species of birds, and several other animal species. This majestic environment can be enjoyed through hiking over 10 miles of limestone trails that loop through the park.
The park where the land sits was donated to the state of South Dakota by Mary and Maud Adams, the granddaughters of the original property owner, Stephen Searls Adams. The property was donated in 1984 and the park was established in 1997. Mary and Maud Adams envisioned the land to be a place where everyone, and especially the youth, could come and learn more about the natural environment. The park is open all year round. To get to the main entrance to the park, simply travel two miles South West of McCook on exit 4 off I-29, along the Missouri River. The closest town to the park is North Sioux City.
Some of the popular activities that you can enjoy at the park include historical interests, archery range, biking, cross-country skiing, birdwatching, and hiking. These activities can be enjoyed through several amenities in the park including a visitor center, picnic shelter, wildlife viewing blinds, and cross-country ski rentals, among other facilities. The park also features several restored historical buildings including houses, barns, a schoolhouse, and a church.
Bringing your dog to the park is allowed at no extra cost. It is, however, important that you adhere to standard South Dakota park rules particularly those that relate to pets and dogs. Some of the rules include the following. You must never leave your dog unattended. In fact, your dog must always be on a leash no longer than 10 feet long and kept at least 200 feet away from other visitors to the park. You must keep your dog away from buildings and designated park areas and you must always clean up after your dog. You are, however, allowed to bring your dog to tent and camping areas.