Bike and Hike Weekend, planned July 15-16 in the Amana Colonies, highlights exercise, the outdoors and the historic area. Bring your bicycle or walking shoes, as there are events and special routes set up for all skill and age levels.
Millstream Brewery will be sponsoring the centerpiece of the weekend, “Tour de Brew,” on July 15. This 38-mile poker bike ride begins and ends at Millstream Brewery while taking participants to neighboring towns north of the Amana Colonies and includes several beverage breaks.
“Tour de Root Beer,” a 3-mile paved bike route that travels around the Lily Lake and returns to the Millstream Brewery, is the featured event July 16. Root beer floats are available for bikers and hikers after returning from their trails, from 1-3 p.m.
Amana Colonies Gravel Bike Routes are also featured during the weekend. These challenging routes are located on the Iowa Country gravel roads that stretch north, connecting the villages of Middle Amana, High Amana, and West Amana.
Amana Colonies hiking/walking trails travel through both the villages and into the countryside. Five trails have been designated throughout the villages that feature samples of food, historical sites, art and antique galleries. There are two trails outside of the villages that travel through the timberland or along the Mill Race around the Lily Lake.
For a complete list of the featured biking and hiking trails, visit the Amana Colonies Visitors Center. For a complete list of upcoming activities and events, visit amanacolonies.com or call (319) 622-7622.