There’s nothing like a good hike to shake off stress, connect with nature and work up a good thirst.
And there’s nothing like a cold Missouri brew to help quench that thirst.
Fortunately, Missouri is home to several prime hiking trails that are near craft breweries, so you won’t be thirsty for long.
Here’s a look at five hike-and-brew locations in Missouri:
Swope Park Trail and Kansas City Bier Company, Kansas City – The trail covers a little more than 13 miles, more than enough to justify treating yourself to a drink at Kansas City Bier Company. Located about 5 miles west of the trail, the brewery features German-inspired lagers and ales.
Spring Brook Trail at Rock Bridge State Park and Broadway Brewery, Columbia – There are plenty of trails inside the state park. Try the Spring Brook Trail, rated as moderate and stretching just over 3 miles. A few miles north, in downtown Columbia, Broadway Brewery offers two dozen house made brews and ciders.
Lewis Trail at Weldon Spring Conservation Area and Exit 6 Brewery, St. Charles County – The 8.2 mile trail ranks in the moderate/difficult category and affords hikers excellent views of the Missouri River. About 15 minutes northeast, Exit 6 Brewery in Cottleville has a handful of custom options (three year-round, five seasonal) and several beers made by regional and national craft breweries.
Peewah Trail at Trail of Tears State Park and Minglewood Brewery, Cape Girardeau – Bluff-top views of the Mississippi River found on this 9-mile trail are worth the energy you’ll expend navigating the rugged terrain. Take the 20-minute drive back into downtown Cape to savor one of Minglewood’s house-crafted brews. You probably worked up an appetite so you should try one of their pizzas.
Big Piney Trail at Mark Twain National Forest near Roby and Piney River Brewing Company in Bucyrus – The 17-mile trail is best enjoyed by hikers who don’t mind seasonal concerns (such as bugs and poison ivy), toting along plenty of water (none is available at trailheads) and lack of cell service (Siri can’t help you). The Taproom at Piney River Brewing Company serves seven year-round brews and several seasonal options.