There’s nothing like a good hike to shake off stress, connect with nature and to 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 locations that are near craft breweries, so you won’t be thirsty 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 treat yourself to a drink at Kansas City Bier Company, which is about five miles west of the trail and 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, with Spring Brook rated as moderate and stretching three 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 trail ranks in the moderate/difficult category and affords hikers excellent views of the Missouri River. About 15 minutes northeast, Exit Six 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 Buckner’s Brewing Company, Cape Girardeau – Blufftop views of the Mississippi River found on this nine-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 Buckner’s house-crafted brews.
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 five year-round brews and several seasonal options.