Shooting Star Scenic Byway

Maps Available:


The Shooting Star State Trail begins in the city of LeRoy in Mower County and travels north through Lake Louise State Park. It then heads west towards Taopi, allowing trail users to experience a rural landscape. The trail passes by several additional interpretive/recreational opportunities including Rustic Retreat Wildlife Management Area, Shooting Star Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, and Mower County Natural and Scenic Area.

Current and future portions of the trail will parallel Highway 56, also known as the Shooting Star Wildflower and Historic Route Scenic Byway. The native wildflowers and grasses are a highlight of this byway and trail.

When completed, the Shooting Star State Trail will connect the towns of LeRoy, Taopi, Adams, Rose Creek, Austin and Lyle. It is planned to connect to the future Blazing Star State Trail in Austin. The current paved portion of the trail totals eight miles.

Available Parking
In LeRoy - east of County Road 14 on Lowell Street.

At Rowe Pit - north of LeRoy off County Road 14. This parking area also includes a shore fishing platform.

In Taopi - on the south side of Highway 56, between Maple and Main Streets. A vault toilet is available at this parking lot.

Nearby DNR recreational/interpretive opportunities

  • Lake Louise State Park
  • Shooting Star Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
  • Rustic Retreat Wildlife Management Area
The City of LeRoy
122 W Main Street, Box 359 | LeRoy, Minnesota 55951
(507) 324-5707 |