When you think of Napa Valley visions of lush, rolling vineyards, magnificent wineries, and world-class cuisine probably come to mind. However, we think it’s time to add another pastime to Napa’s already impressive list of activities: outstanding hiking. Known for its gorgeous terrain and pleasant climate, it only makes sense that Napa Valley would boast some ideal hiking trails and state parks. So the next time you find yourself in Napa with a free afternoon why not check out one of our top 5 hiking trails and explore the idyllic scenery of Wine Country?
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
This park, where the famous author spent his honeymoon in 1880, is home to the Stevenson Memorial Trail, which will lead hikers to the summit of Mt. Saint Helena. While the trail is 10 miles round trip the view from the top of this 4,343-foot mountain is well worth the journey. Enjoy views of the San Francisco Bay area and, on good, clear days, the top of Mt. Shasta is visible from 192 miles away. Mt. Saint Helena is the highest peak in the California Wine Country.
Visitors can find this park seven miles north of Calistoga on Highway 29.
For more information please visit: napavalleystateparks.org/robert-louis-stevenson-state-park/
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Looking for the perfect picnic spot to accompany your hike? Or maybe you want to give “glamping” (glamorous camping) a try. Look no further than Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. This park has over 10 miles of trails that wind through coastal redwoods and forests of Douglas Firs. Hikers can also enjoy the scenic Redwood Trail found in Ritchey Canyon. Be sure to look into the park’s yurts (think modern day tepee) for a unique “glamping” experience!
The park is located five miles north of St. Helena and four miles south of Calistoga on Highway 29/128.
For more information please visit: napavalleystateparks.org/campground-map/
Moore Creek Park
Whether you are looking to explore for an entire day or maybe just an hour or two, the 1,573-acre Moore Creek Park will no doubt have the outdoor adventure you are looking for. The 15 miles of trails guide visitors along the hillsides of Napa Valley through woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral. Keep an eye out for the various number of wildlife that call this park home including black bears, mountain lion, grey fox, bobcat, coyotes, and even bald eagles. Not up for a big hike? Relax along the peaceful shore of Lake Hennessey for the afternoon.
For more information please visit: napaoutdoors.org/parks/moore-creek-park/
Skyline Wilderness Park
Sitting just outside the city of Napa, Skyline Wilderness Park is the perfect escape for hikers, bikers, equestrians, and fishermen. There are over 16 miles of trails to explore in this park. If you happen to visit in the heat of the summer the park has several shady trails to keep you out of the sun including Marie Creek Trail that leads up to Lake Marie.
For more information please visit: www.napahiking.com/Skyline_Wilderness_Park.htm
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
You don’t need to be a hiking aficionado to enjoy the over 25 miles of hiking trails in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. While visiting the park take some time to explore Canyon-Pony Gate Loop. This 2-mile trail winds its way through a lush forest with large redwoods and even includes views of a 25-foot waterfall. Not a bad place to spend an afternoon.
For more information please visit: www.sugarloafpark.org
Does one of these trails sounds like your next adventure? We would love to see pictures of you enjoying your hike in Napa Valley! Tag us @LeadingWineries on Instagram and Leading Wineries of Napa on Facebook.