Walking & Hiking
What better way is there to get some exercise during your visit than walking or hiking in the beautiful Napa Valley. From a casual stroll through our historic downtowns to a vigorous trail hike, there is a special place, route or trail for everyone to enjoy. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes and pack a bottle of water.
|Bay Area Hiker|
|California Native Plant Society
Numerous spring hikes – mostly easy – with experts on local flora.
|Great Day Hikes In and Around Napa Valley
A book by by Ken Stanton.
|Land Trust of Napa County
Numerous hikes on protected but non-public lands. Early reservations are necessary.
|Mount St. Helena and R.L. Stevenson State Park
A book by by Ken Stanton.
|Napa County Landmarks Historic Walking Tours
Each spring through fall, Napa County Landmarks offers sidewalk tours of historic neighborhoods in Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville and Napa. Each annual schedule rotates tours of Calistoga’s Pioneer Park and Downtown Spa District; St. Helena’s Historic Downtown National Register District and Oak Avenue within the Spring District; Yountville’s National Register sites, including the historic Groezinger Winery (now known as Vintage 1870); and many historic Napa neighborhoods.
|Sierra Club Napa Group
Hikes year-round open to the public. Reservations seldom necessary.
Local Parks & Trails - Map of Major Trail Areas in Napa Valley
An open space city park. Alston offers 157 aces of rolling hills and 3 miles of meandering hiking trails. OK to bring your dog – on a leash – please! No entrance fee.
Highway 221 near the Napa Valley College south of Imola St. in Napa.
|Napa Valley Ecological Reserve
Yountville Crossroad beween Town of Yountville and Silverado Trail.
|Oat Hill Mine Road and Palisades|
|Skyline Wilderness Park
West Imola Ave about one mile east of Soscol Ave (Highway 221). Located just a short distance from downtown Napa, Skyline is 850 acres of wilderness with over 25 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, some of which are not for the out-of-shape. Some trails offer views of San Francisco, on clear days, of course.
|Westwood Hills Park
Browns Valley Road about 2 miles west of Highway 29 (First St exit). Don’t let only 3 miles of trails hold you back, as this is a great place to spend a few hours on a relaxing hike through a heavily wooded area in west Napa. Even a few cattle may keep you company on your journey. Climb to the top of the park for a fabulous view of the city and the vast vineyards to the north. The Carolyn Parr Nature Museum is located nearby, open all year on weekends, and Tuesday through Sunday during the summer. No entrance fees.
Lake Berryessa is less than 45 minutes from the Napa Valley in the eastern part of Napa County. Prior to 1957, the lake was Monticello Valley and the town of Monticello. When Monticello Dam was completed, the lake started filling. Today it is one of the largest manmade lakes in California, 25 miles long, 3 miles wide and 275 feet deep at its deepest point, with 168 miles of shoreline.
The area outside Napa Valley is the most rural and wild part of Napa County. It contains public lands at Lake Berryessa and northward along Knoxville Road into Lake County. Trails vary from easy lakeside strolls to rough climbs with spectacular views. Hiking opportunities are described at these websites:
|Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area|
|Knoxville Wildlife Area|
|Lake Berryessa Boat Map|
|Bale Grist Mill Historical State Park
The park is the site of a water-powered grist mill that was built in 1846. It was once the center of social activity as Napa Valley settlers gathered to have their corn and wheat ground into meal or flour. The owner of the mill was Dr. Edward Turner Bale.He received the property in a land grant from the Mexican government and lived near the site until his death in 1849. The mill remained in use until the early 1900s.
|Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Five miles north of St Helena and 4 miles south of Calistoga on Highway 29. Located in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley wine country, the Park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, and hiking trails that go through stands of coastal redwoods as well as forests of Douglas-fir, tanoak, and madrone.
|Las Posadas State Forest Angwin
From Silverado Trail go East on Dear Park Road until it turns into Howell Mountain Road. Go right on Cold Springs Road and at the split veer left onto Las Posadas Road. Continue to gated dirt road on the left.
|Napa-Sonoma Marshes and Wildlife Area
Over 13000 acres of saltwater ponds, tidal marshes and wetlands. Just north of San Pablo Bay. This area is made up of levees and sloughs. Many waterfowl species and shorebirds, including the California clapper rail, can be found here. Most of the area is accessible by boat only. This area is regularly used by hunters and fisherman, as well as bird watchers, photographers, bicyclists, and hikers.
|Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Seven miles north of Calistoga on Highway 29. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is the place where the famous author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon in 1880. Although nothing remains of Stevenson’s cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit.