Explore Cape Girardeau in the fall, when the weather and leaves are at their best, on your bike or on a hike, while finishing up your active day with a trip to a local winery or microbrewery.
Bring your bike with you to Cape Girardeau and take a ride along the Mississippi River at Riverfront Park. This paved, 1.25 mile trail follows the Mighty Mississippi along the floodwall in downtown Cape Girardeau. On a crisp fall day with the leaves at peak color as you look across the river, it’s tough to beat. Bike trails and lanes run throughout town, while two locally owned bike shops make for a bike friendly spot to spend a weekend.
If two legs instead of two wheels are more your speed, head up to Trail of Tears State Park, just 11 miles north of downtown, for a hike in more than 3,400 acres of pristine woods. The Lake Trail winds along the hilly shoreline of Lake Boutin and comes in at 2.25 miles, or try the Sheppard Point Trail, at a rugged three miles, that brings you to a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River with incredible views.
Follow up that hike by kicking back at Hunter Valley Winery, less than five minutes from Trail of Tears. Enjoy live music (weekends) by the pond or out on the patio while you sip from a collection of craft beers or wine. Gypsy, the winery beagle, has a talent for showing up at your table right when your food arrives! Still in a winery mood after Hunter Valley? Apple Creek Vineyard and Winery isn’t far, and the views of Apple Creek in the fall from the two-story deck are gorgeous.
Head back to downtown for dinner – you’ve earned it! Minglewood Brewery is a new local favorite, serving up pizza and microbrews just one block from the river.
Plan your fall Missouri adventure at VisitCape.com/GreatOutdoors!
Written by Stacy Lane from the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau.