With its pristine mountain tops, desert valleys, and forested canyons, northern Utah is an outdoor adventurer’s dream. Fortunately, Davis County also has unique watering holes to perfectly wrap up a day spent outdoors. Here, a recommended guide to pairing the best trails with the perfect spots for post-adventure pints in Davis County.
1. Antelope Island Mountain View Trail and The Hive Winery
Bike along the scenic eastern shore of Antelope Island for unobstructed views of the Great Salt Lake and the mighty Wasatch range. Located just outside of Layton, the island feels worlds away—you’re more likely to encounter wildlife like bison, coyotes, migratory birds, or deer on the trail than fellow humans. Bike it spring or fall, avoiding the buggy summer season, and go at sunrise or sunset for even more stunning views. To get there, head west on Antelope Island Drive (there’s a $10 entry fee), veering left as you enter the island until you see the trail on the left side of the road. You can bike south along the eastern shore for up to 11 miles.
On the way home, swing by the tasting room at the Hive Winery and select a bottle of small-batch fruit wine, mead, cider, or brandy. With more than 100 different styles of drinks, ranging from dry to sweet and earthy to mellow, the Hive sources local fruit and honey from Utah farmers and is committed to high-quality, small-batch production without artificial flavors and colors. They’ll help you select the perfect pairing for dinner, dessert, or even just for sipping with friends after a great day outside.
2. Thurston Peak and Rooster’s Brewing Company & Restaurant
You can see the highest peak in Davis County from almost everywhere in the county, but you’ll probably explore the nine miles of this rugged trail in peaceful solitude. The Thurston Peak Trail stays above treeline for most of the hike, offering epic bird’s eye views of Antelope Island and Mount Ogden. To get there, drive up Farmington Canyon to Francis Peak and park near the Francis Peak Radar Domes. Hike up and over Francis Peak on the old road and then along the ridgeline when the road ends.
After your quads are sufficiently torched, make your way to Rooster’s Brewing Company and Restaurant in Layton, the first and only microbrewery in Davis County. Relax on the outdoor patio and gaze up at the mountain you just climbed, sipping a seasonal brew or the famous Polygamy Pale Ale. Rooster’s spices up typical pub fare with dishes like "Naughty Fries"—topped with gorgonzola, pepper jack sauce, and Louisiana hot sauce. They’ve got a nice selection of hearty gluten-free options, like fish tacos, baked chicken, and hard ciders. Their house-made root beer and orange cream soda are nice non-alcoholic options.
3. Farmington Canyon Waterfall and Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar
A 40-foot waterfall is the first reward for this short but steep hike; the cocktails will soon flow after you finish the trek. Follow Farmington Creek up Farmington Canyon, through lush greenery and wildflowers, with expansive canyon views that eventually lead to the waterfall. It’s a short four-mile (out-and-back) trip but gains 1,000 feet in elevation, so take your time and check out the rusty, wrecked cars along the trail. Access the trail up Farmington Canyon Road, parking when the road turns to dirt at the pullout 1.6 miles past the Wasatch National Forest sign. The unmarked trail leads out from the north corner of the parking lot.
After you come down from the mountain, you’ll head to the west side of Farmington to their urban Station Park mall. Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar is in the heart of this shopping and gathering place, by the entertaining outdoor fountains. Twigs specializes in martinis, so get ready to choose from an impressive list of cocktails. Their classy atmosphere will encourage you to stay for an entire meal, and their food will surely deliver. Choose from a variety of American dishes, their Pesto Margherita Chicken is a bright and flavorful dish that’s perfect to round out your active day.
4. Mueller Park and Fahrenheit Lounge
Mueller Park is one of the more popular mountain biking trails in Davis County, and for good reason—it’s scenic and wild but is easily accessible. Ride your bike up the switchbacks through conifer and pine forests, pausing to take in views of the Great Salt Lake and Bountiful city below. Seven miles in is the summit at Elephant Rock, a good turnaround for beginners; more experienced riders can keep biking to Rudy’s Flats, a total of 13 miles one-way. The downhill on the way back is the real treat, and since Mueller Park is at a lower elevation than other trails in Davis County, the early snow melt means you can ride by early spring.
After zipping along the trails of Mueller Park, relax by the outdoor fire pit at the Fahrenheit Lounge (inside Hilton Garden Inn), or post up on the couches in the cozy, plush interior. Play pool or darts, and sip local beers or a cocktail of your choice made by the Lounge’s skilled bartenders. The restaurant menu features basic pub fare like burgers and sandwiches, plus more upscale pasta dishes and more.
5. Adams Canyon Waterfall and MacCool’s Public House
On a hot summer’s day, soaking in the mist of the Adams Canyon Waterfall is the best way to cool off, but no matter when you go, the waterfall makes for an especially scenic hike. Scramble up the steep, sandy switchbacks at the beginning of the trail, pausing to appreciate views of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island. After cresting the hill, enjoy a casual stroll through the forest along a creek, ending with the rushing 40-foot Adams Canyon Waterfall. The trail clocks in at four miles roundtrip with 1,200 feet elevation gain and can be hiked almost year-round.
Relax and refuel at MacCool’s Public House, an Irish-themed pub with local Utah beers and a huge variety of dishes. It’s a tough choice between plates like the flaky chicken pot pie, the saucy barbecued pulled pork sandwich, or the lamb burger topped with fresh basil, olive tapenade, and feta cheese. And the sweet potato fries with house-made curry dipping sauce make for the perfect app to share among your fellow (famished) hikers.
Written by Jacqui Levy for RootsRated Media in partnership with Utah Office of Tourism.