- South Dakota
- Iowa, Kansas – There are no HH breweries with mountain biking trails nearby in Iowa and Kansas.
- North Dakota – While there are no HH breweries in North Dakota, there is one on the border of Montana and North Dakota, offering mountain biking trails in nearby North Dakota. Click here for more information on a HH brewery and mountain biking in Montana and ND.
This Farmland Midwest Harvest Hosts Brewery Camping, Beer and Biking Guide is one of several regional guides giving you instant access to mountain biking trails that match up with free camping at breweries nationwide.
In this guide for each specific area you will find:
- Harvest Hosts (HH) Brewery
- Mountain Biking Trails near the HH Brewery
- Additional Trails and Breweries in the Surrounding Area
- Suggested Routes to Best the Enjoy the Trails and Breweries
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MTB Project reports that the U.S. has over 144,000 miles of trails on over 44,000 trails. Combine those stats with over 7400 craft breweries and over 100 of those breweries offering FREE camping through a Harvest Hosts membership? Dude, your beer and biking vacation just became a complete no-brainer.
What is this Harvest Hosts thing?
Harvest Hosts is a membership for RVers (or van-lifers) that provides FREE RV camping at over 1000 wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms, museums, and other unique locations. You don’t have to be full-timers to use Harvest Hosts; you simply need to be self-contained in your RV (or van or truck camper), meaning you don’t require or expect the host site to provide you with any RV necessities like water, power or sewage.
We’ve used Harvest Hosts at numerous different locations. It is one of our favorite traveling memberships. Breweries are, of course our favorites, but we’ve used our membership at orchards, vineyards, museums, alpaca farms, and a variety of other places.
Why Harvest Hosts?
Why not? OK, so yeah, we do get affiliate income from Harvest Hosts if you sign up through our link. You get a benefit from this, as well. If you use our Harvest Hosts link, you get 15% OFF the regular price, bringing the membership down to less than $70 a year. But seriously, I’d still be writing this guide for you even if we didn’t get that tiny reward.
Why? Because we want to make your craft beer and biking vacation as easy as possible.
We’ll do the research; you do the riding and drinking.
Picture this. The RV is packed. The beer fridge is full. The mountain bikes are tuned and raring to go. You’re ready for an adventure. But that RV needs to find a place to camp. The beer fridge will be empty sooner than you think and those bikes are itching to get some mud on them…NOW!
If you have been anything like us, you know it takes time to plan. We pull out both our smartphones ladened with all the top notch apps dedicated to beer, biking, and camping. Two hours later, research done, we are ready to go. Two hours? That’s time that could’ve been spent on the trail leading into time drinking that well earned beer.
Camping, Breweries, Trails: all in one place
So, we have done the work for you by putting together a listing of all the trails that match up with local craft breweries that match up with free camping (Harvest Host breweries) – all separated by regions of the country. Did you know we also have a Craft Beer Travel and Adventure Journal matched up by regions of the country, as well? What a beautiful way to track your beer and biking adventures. Click here to check out the Journal.
We did all the work, so all you have to do is:
- Become a Harvest Host member.
- Choose your location. (We’ve done the research for you.)
- Pack your RV.
- Latch those bikes onto something.
- Don’t forget your helmet.
- Call your Harvest Hosts brewery to reserve your spot.
- Crank the tunes and hit the open road.
We sought out the Harvest Hosts craft brewery locations that have mountain biking and craft breweries within a 50 mile radius (give or take a few miles). All you have to do now is call your Harvest Hosts ahead of time, show up, drink beer, stay overnight, go for a bike ride, maybe drink more beer, and move onto the next Harvest Hosts site, and repeat.
Now that’s a beer and biking vacation.
Harvest Hosts Brewery Camping,
Beer, and Biking Guide
Harvest Hosts Brewery – Hill City
Sick-N-Twisted Brewing, located next to a beautiful creek, is housed together with Naked Winery, offering great ambiance and a variety of choices for brews and wines, along with pizza and other grub.
Mountain Biking Hill City/Rapid City Area
- Storm Mountain Trails
- Shanks Quarry, Schraeder Road, Johnson Siding
- Victoria Lake
- Hanson Larsen Memorial Park
- Raider Park Trails
- Skyline Wilderness
Nearby Riding and Breweries
With several other breweries, wineries, trails, and attractions (including Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse) all within the vicinity of Hill City and the HH brewery, it might be hard to leave this area. However, Rapid City and the trails there and on the way there definitely offers more fun, including more breweries.
Spearfish, Deadwood, and Sturgis are all nearby, along with Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore, so this entire southwest region of South Dakota deserves some exploring. You might want to find some campgrounds around here along with your HH brewery and stick around a few days. Maybe start in Rapid City for some beer drinking, then head towards Hill City for some riding. After that hit up your HH brewery for some food, beer, wine, and a relaxing night by the river. Then try some more trails before heading towards all the other must-not-miss scenery.
Harvest Hosts Breweries – North Platte, Lexington
Located on four acres, about 3.5 miles south of I-80 in North Platte, Pals Taproom and Outdoor Beer Oasis, family owned and operated, is the perfect spot to relax while enjoying locally handcrafted brews.
Located about 60 miles heading east on I-80 from North Platte, Mac’s Creek Winery & Brewery offers views of the vineyard while drinking craft beer or wine, and appetizers. Enjoy the fire pit and creekside location.
Mountain Biking North Platte and Lexington
- Potter’s Pasture
- Cottonmill Lake State Recreation Area
Nearby Riding and Breweries
There’s not a lot for mountain biking – we are in Nebraska – but there’s more than you think when it comes to breweries. With a few in North Platte, a few more heading into Lexington, it’s worth hangin out here to experience more of Nebraska than you ever thought you would.
With a few other Harvest Hosts vineyards and attractions close by, you could hit up all the trails and all the breweries in this region. However, I do suggest taking some time to head north into the Sandhills region for some central Nebraska farmland breweries. While there are no mountain biking trails the further north and central you go, the breweries are worth your time here. I’d say to start in North Platte, get situated with your HH brewery here and visit a few North Platte breweries. Then head out towards the trails and east on I-80, hitting up another HH along the way, maybe another brewery, then head on over towards Lexington for the other HH brewery, more trails and more beer. When done, head north to the Sandhills region.
Harvest Hosts Brewery – Labadie (St. Louis)
Located about 40 miles west of St. Louis on 17 acres, Point Labaddie Brewery focuses on small batch farmhouse ales and IPA’s.
Mountain Biking Labadie (St. Louis)
- Klondike Park
- Lost Valley
- Castlewood State Park
- Rock Hollow
- Greensfelder County Park
- West Tyson County Park
- Eureka Mountain Bike Park
Nearby Riding and Breweries
Just north of the Missouri River, you’ll find a few other trails, but if you really just need more breweries, then head the 40 some miles into St. Louis, the city that was built on brewing, to visit the 40 some breweries there. I have faith you will find a few you like.
Since there are over 40 breweries in St. Louis, I would definitely start with some trails just outside of Labadie. If you’re only in this region for one night, you won’t be able to hit em all, but at least you get some good riding in. After spending a great night at your HH brewery, I’d hit up a few more trails before heading into St. Louis for a couple days of exploring th breweries. With two other HH attractions in nearby St Louis, you might even be able to find a couple more free places to stay and drink.
Harvest Hosts Brewery – Higginsville (Kansas City)
Located about 50 miles east of Kansas City on I-70, Arcadian Moon Winery & Brewery is situated amongst four lakes on 75 acres. Soak up the views from the tasting room and deck overlooking the big lake with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, while enjoying wood-fired pizza.
Mountain Biking Higginsville (Kansas City)
- William Landahl Park
- Blue Springs Trails
Nearby Riding and Breweries
With Kansas City just a little over 50 miles west of here, there are plenty more trails to check out, such as Swope Park, Blue River Parkway and more, along with many more breweries. You must visit Boulevard if you’re near KC. That place, along with the 40 some other breweries here will keep you entertained and drinking and eating for days to come.
With two other HH attractions near Higginsville, and one being a distillery, you could probably ride all the trails just outside of KC. If you’re feeling like some real road-tripin, start with KC riding and drinking (just preferably not at the same time). With a few HH members just outside of the city, this could happen on the cheap (sort of – if you spend money on beer and food like we do – it’s definitely not cheap). Then head towards the trails outside of KC for a day of riding and then an evening at Arcadian Moon HH. Hit the road the next morning towards St. Louis where you can start all over again.
We’re not done yet.
Check out our other Harvest Hosts Brewery Camping, Beer, and Biking Camping Guides:
Stay tuned for more detailed Harvest Hosts brewery and biking locations coming soon.
Feeling adventurous? There are over 1000 Harvest Hosts locations (including an additional golf course membership), and once you become a member, you’ll have access to all those places. Many mountain biking regions that are close to Harvest Hosts breweries are also close to Harvest Hosts wineries, distilleries, farms, and more. So while you can only stay one night per location, there might be another location just down the road. Keep that mountain biking adventure going as long as you can.
Links and Resources:
- Harvest Hosts – membership site for free camping
- Trailforks – mountain biking trails, route planning, reports
- MTB Project – mountain biking trail guides
- Craft Beer Biking – LASL stories and adventures
- Craft Beer Travel and Adventure Journal – track your adventures and beer
- Take a Dive – Favorite Dive Bars
- Sandhill Nebraska Breweries – three central Nebraska breweries
We do our best to provide you with the most up to date facts; however, we are not perfect, so if you come across something that is not quite right, or you think we should add more, let us know. We appreciate all the help we can get.