One of the best ways to experience our nation’s wildlands and waterways is to explore it – and then to cap the experience with a pour of American whiskey. There are more than 88,600 miles in America’s National Trails System, including 11 National Scenic Trails, 19 National Historic Trails, and 1,300 National Recreation Trails. Celebrating each of them with whiskey adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your outdoor adventure. Below are some of our team’s favorite hiking trails in the United States, as well as a few tips on how to enjoy whiskey – responsibly – while you hike them.
Enjoy a Dram of Whiskey Responsibly While You Hike
If you’re bringing whiskey with you to sip riverside or toast at the tip of the summit, here are a few important guidelines:
- The best accompaniment to whiskey is water. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water along with your whiskey to avoid dehydration.
- Check local regulations regarding alcohol consumption in parks and on trails. Some outdoor spaces prohibit alcohol.
- Alcohol hits harder at higher altitudes. Practicing moderation is the best way to keep yourself and others safe.
- Always follow Leave No Trace principles, packing out all trash and avoiding glass containers. Although Fox & Oden bottles are beautiful, opt for a metal shatterproof flask.
Travel Our Team’s Favorite Hiking Trails
Pacific Crest Trail
California, Oregon, Washington State
This trail runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, passing through California, Oregon, and Washington. Celebrate your journey along one of the last new frontiers with a whiskey that also challenges new frontiers: American Single Malt. Enjoy it at sunset along the trail.
Post-Hike Whiskey: Fox & Oden American Single Malt
Devil’s Lake State Park
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail, cradled by Devil’s Lake State Park, easily earns its place on our list of top hiking trails. It has incredible views from the quartzite bluffs, year-round programs, and camping options. Devil’s Lake even made our list of top winter hiking trails, so have a sip with the devil either in the summer or the winter.
Post Hike Whiskey: Fox & Oden Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Grayson Highlands State Park
Grayson County, Virginia
Grayson Highlands is known for its stunning landscape, including open meadows, rocky outcrops, and wild ponies that roam the area. Pair the beautiful scenery of rolling hills with rye whiskey.
Post Hike Whiskey: Fox & Oden Straight Rye Whiskey
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks offers some of the most breathtaking shoreline views in the United States, with colorful sandstone cliffs and Lake Superior’s clear blue waters. Celebrate your hike along the lakeshore with a sip of Michigan whiskey.
Post Hike Whiskey: Fox & Oden Double Oaked Bourbon Whiskey
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