Public Parks & Trails

Looking for a place to hike on short notice?

While we would love to have you join us on one of our guided hikes, busy schedules can make advanced planning difficult. With that in mind we offer the map below as an alternative.

In addition to completing 140 conservation easements with private landowners across the county, the Land Trust has assisted a number of cities and other agencies to protect land for public use. By partnering with state and local agencies, the Land Trust has preserved more than 26,000 acres of beautiful open space, which are now public parks and recreational areas anyone can use.

These properties include Alston Park and Trancas Crossing Park, both owned by the city of Napa; large sections of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park; an addition to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park; the Jack and Bernice Newell Open Space Preserve and several areas owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

 

Skyline Wilderness Park

Skyline Wilderness Park encompasses 850 acres and has everything from hiking, camping, and picnicking to horseback riding. Over 25 miles of trails cover the park, including a short main trail that leads to Lake Marie and the more strenuous ridge trail, which offers views all the way across the bay to Mt. Tamalpais. There is a nominal daily visitor fee and other fees associated with camping or bringing your bike, horse or RV.

Visit Skyline Wilderness Park for more information.

Westwood Hills Park

On the way up to Mt. Veeder Appellation and the Hess Collection, you’ll find this quaint park with 3-miles of diversely forested trails. From open meadows to dense woods, this hike offers views of Napa, nice picnic spots and even a small museum that showcases many of the plants and animals found in the area. It’s not a hike to plan your day around, but it’s convenient and a great excuse to visit as you wind up Mt. Veeder enjoying views across the valley.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Up the valley in Calistoga, this State Park is nearly 2,000 acres and has trails that run along creeks, through redwoods and has plenty of campsites and other available activities. There are also lots of family based activities nearby and other trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Visit Bothe-Napa Valley State Park for more information.

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

This 5000-acre park hosts Mt. St. Helena as well as a statue of the famous author for which the park was named.  The area features rough terrain, with evergreen forests in the canyons on north-facing slopes and chaparral on the south-facing slopes.  There is a five-mile hike to the top of Mt. St. Helena from which one can see much of the San Francisco Bay Area. To protect the park’s wildlife and other natural resources, dogs are not permitted in this park.

Visit Robert Louis Stevenson State Park for more information.

Alston Park

Alston Park covers 158 acres in the unobstructed rolling hills of northwest Napa. The open-space park, owned by the City of Napa, was made public in 1991. Alston Park has three miles of meandering trails that are open to equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers, and dog walkers.

Trancas Crossing Park

This 33-acre open space park features trails, interpretive signs, a restroom, parking lot and pedestrian access for hand boat launching into the Napa River. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Restoration of native plants, trees and habitat has been a key focus of this project.

Jack & Bernice Newell Open Space Preserve

Donated in 1999 by Jack and Bernice Newell, the 642 acre preserve located in the hills east of American Canyon consists of open space and wildlife habitat, including an important raptor migration resting area. The property features a 2.6 mile loop trail, a short valley trail with picnic area and a creekside trail. Views from the top of the loop include San Pablo Bay, the Napa-Sonoma marshes, Mt. Tamalpais and San Francisco on a clear day. The preserve is a working ranch with free-range cattle grazing and no dogs allowed. Open from sunrise to sunset.

Been there, done that? Give these links a try!

Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District:  http://napaoutdoors.org

Bay Area Hiker: http://bahiker.com/