6 Napa Hiking Trails You Need to Explore


Napa hiking trails

Eugene Kim / Chaparral Cove at Lake Berryessa in Napa / Flickr

Napa Valley’s reputation is wine, but it ought to be just as famous for its breathtaking landscape with a myriad of microclimates created by its undulating, green land. It’s called a valley because it is indeed surrounded by gorgeous coastal mountains covered in eucalyptus and redwood trees. North of the Valley lies the Mayacamas Mountains, home to Mount Saint Helena, the Bay Area’s second tallest peak after Mount Hamilton. While many people come for the famed wine tasting trips, trains and soirees, another great activity, maybe between vineyard days, is to explore one of the many Napa hiking trails and get to know this beautiful countryside.

napa valley vacation guideNapa County was on the original California counties established in 1850 at the time of the statehood. Because it was such fertile land many farmers settled here, making it one of the populous regions of the state. While the Valley used to produce many varieties of crops it is mostly covered in vineyards now. Because of its cooler weather Valley vintners favor varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. The vineyards also make for a unique landscape, which you will certainly enjoy on one of these Napa hiking trails.

  1. Stevenson Memorial Trail
    This is a gorgeous 5-mile hike through Robert Louis Stevenson State Park taking you to the peak of Mount St. Helena. You’ll have the option of different routes to pass over the rugged trek to the top where you’ll have a beautiful 360-degree view of the area, including the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  2. Oat Hill Mine Trail – Table Rock – Palisades
    This moderate hike starts at the edge of Calistoga and climbs 4.8 miles through a historically geological area giving you sweeping views of the Valley, Palisades, and Sugarloaf Mountain.
  3. Bale Grist Mille
    The water-powered grist mill, built in 1846, was once the center of Napa Valley social life among its settlers as it was where everyone got their flour. This is a quick easy hike through some of the area’s history.
  4. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
    This is a serene spot within Napa Valley boasting 8.5 miles of hiking trails. You can also explore its evergreen forests on horseback.
  5. Lake Berryessa
    This beautiful lake located 32 miles from Downtown Napa is riddled with trails of varying lengths and difficulties. You won’t be disappointed after a day at the lake.
  6. Alston Park
    This is an easy 2.5 mile, multi-use trail that is dog-friendly. It’s a great wide open space to bring the kids and let them run around.

Napa hiking trails come in many varieties due to the diverse local landscape. You won’t find a place like it with its miles of vineyards, green mountains, and proximity to the coast. If you’re taking a trip to this beautiful wine country we would love to host you here at Churchill Manor, just one block from downtown Napa.