Biking and Hiking in Napa Valley

By andreas • General, Health • 13 Apr 2015

This California county may be known worldwide for its vineyards and wines, but Napa Valley is also a fitness haven with all its biking and hiking trails. Active tourists love getting around its stunning beauty, while also taking advantage of a good workout to burn calories after a weekend of wine-tasting. If you’re feeling in the mood to sweat and stretch, try these outstanding locations around Napa Valley.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

The five walking and hiking trails at Bothe-Napa Valley is available all-year round. There’s the 4-mile Ritchey Canyon Trail right along a stream and redwoods. Look out for the old stone fountain and redwood barn, which are historic landmarks dating back from the Hitchcock days. If you want to see an expansive view of the valley, take the 4.5-mile Coyote Peak Trail that you can combine with the other trails. The state park is located on St. Helena Highway in St. Helena, and is near the Wine Country Inn bed and breakfast.

Bale Grist Mill

Bale Grist MillThe park is where you will find the water-powered grist mill and 36-foot water wheel built in 1846. The mill is where the Napa Valley settlers gathered to have their corn and wheat ground into meat or flour, and it is now a state historic landmark. You’ll also find the first church in Napa Valley and the Pioneer cemetery in this site. Besides taking the mill tour, hike or ride a bike from the mill on the historic trail to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park.

Westwood Hills Park

On Browns Valley Road in Napa is the heavily-wooded park with three miles of trails surrounded by beautiful oak trees and green meadows. When you’re tired from all the leg work, have a leisurely picnic amidst nature and feel relaxed and rejuvenated. You can also visit the Carolyn Parr Nature Museum near the parking lot, featuring the flora and fauna found in Napa County’s five different habitats. For nearby lodging, stay at the Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast.

Skyline Wilderness Park

The best place to hike and cycle in Napa, the 850-acre wilderness area has more than 25 miles of trails and offers a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay and nearby mountains. Wildlife abounds the area including deer and wild turkey. It’s the perfect location for nature lovers and a great place to go camping with family or friends.

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