It’s amazing how sometimes we take advantage of the wonderful trails in our own backyards! We recently have been taking family bike rides on the Platte River Trail. Parking is easy at the Aspen Grove entrance near the Carson Nature Center. If you start and head north from the Carson Nature Center you can either enjoy the large dirt trails or paved trails for biking or jogging.
There is a lot of redevelopment going on and projects to the Platte River Trail. They now have direct access off the Platte to Breckenridge Brewery! If you have not checked out Breckenridge Brewery you should. They have a tour of the Brewery you can attend Thursday’s through Monday’s (reservations are recommended) or you can enjoy the Farm House Restaurant across from the Brewery. After our 3-mile bike ride down to Downtown Littleton we stopped by The Farm House on our way back for an amazing dessert spread! They do have a wait even on some weeknights so prepare! They have great indoor and outdoor dining options with a large yard for Corn hole and other outdoor games.
Soon there will be another restaurant in the same area as Breckenridge Brewery called Angelo’s Taverna and Winery. Its is currently under construction.
If you travel north of Breckenridge Brewery on the Platte you will pass Hudson Gardens on your right. They have a cozy outdoor coffee shop called Nixon’s that is open seasonally from the end of May through early September 9-3pm and Sunday 8-5 pm. They offer sandwiches, pastries and hot and cold beverages. You can park your bike there and have some lunch or coffee. The Platte River Trail turns into the Greenway Trail and heads towards downtown Denver and Confluence Park. Overall from Aspen Grove to Downtown Littleton the ride is 3 miles and perfect for a date night or family outing!