Use our trail finder to discover the best places for hiking in Napa Valley. With plenty of open space and most of the valley designated a protected agricultural preserve, there are so many hiking trails and awe-inspiring views to explore. Between wine tastings and Michelin-rated meals, get out and explore the many amazing state parks and hiking trails, with oak and redwood forests, mountains and rolling hills, creeks and open spaces, and stunning vista viewpoints. Grab your boots and your daypack to see another side of wine country with our hiker’s guide to Napa Valley.
Popular Hiking Trails in Napa Valley:
Popular Trails at Alston Park:
For an easy hike, try this 2.7-mile loop trail, which climbs only 236 feet and takes roughly 1 hour to walk.
Popular Trails at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park:
Trail skirts the south side of Ritchey Creek and is heavily shaded by redwoods and evergreen forest, allowing for a peaceful walk along the creek bank among the ferns and other shade-loving plants.
Walk part of Redwood Trail before reaching this single-track trail with expansive views at the 1,170-foot peak of the surrounding hills and valleys.
Start on Redwood Trail, Ritchey Canyon Trail continues through the park on historic routes, and Upper Ritchey Canyon Trail leads to the site of the Traverso Homestead dating to the 1880s.
Start at the Pioneer Cemetery and take a short and easy walk over to the Historic Bale Grist Mill State Park located just next door.
Popular Trails at Las Posadas State Forest:
Easy trail, though it can be rocky in many places. It's about a 25 minute walk to the waterfall.
Numerous hiking and mountain biking trails lead through and around this forest, so you have many options here. A popular loop is made via Las Posadas Fire Road, Roosevelt Road, Serpentine Road, Oak Road, Cemetery Road, Camp Road, and Pine Flat Road.
Popular Trails at Moore Creek Park:
The 3 mile long Valentine Vista Trail takes hikers 700 feet up the hillside and offers breathtaking views of the valley, Lake Hennessey, and beyond. Descend down on 1.2 miles of the southern half of Moore Creek Trail for a loop hike.
This is not a steep trail, with 400 feet of elevation, so it offers opportunities to slow down and enjoy the creek, trailside flora and fauna, and views up the steep slopes to the sky on either side of the narrow canyon. Follow along Moore Creek for much of the hike, with several creek crossings.
The Lake Hennessey Shoreline Trail is a flat walk following the contours of lake with fantastic views of the shoreline, lake, and wildlife. Beware of possible rattlesnakes and ticks on this trail. For a loop hike, take the 2 mile long Alta Hennessey Trail up a 500 foot elevation climb on rugged hills. This is a mountain biking and equestrian friendly trail of moderate difficulty.
Popular Trails at Napa Valley Vine Trail:
This is a favorite walking and biking trail for locals and visitors alike. There are benches and water stations along the way. You can park a car at either end of the trail or start your journey anywhere along the trail, with many places along the route to park and jump on the trail.
Popular Trails at Newell Open Space Preserve:
The first mile of the hike borders lush green farmland. You will pass an old barn at the bottom of a hill. After another half mile you will reach a fork. This is the beginning and end of the loop – starting right will give you immediate views. From here you will climb to an altitude of 830 feet as you hike around the canyon. You'll enjoy lots of wide open views, which also means no shade on this trail.
Popular Trails at Pacific Union College (PUC) Forest:
Park at the Angwin-Parrett Airport and hike to Inspiration Point by combining several trails: Main Street, Observatory Road, Grave Hill, Ridge Road, and Whoop-dee-doos.
Mossy Rock Trail gets its name from all of the mossy rocks along this route! Mostly a flat walk through a lush, very mossy forested area. The Mid Forest Road is a pleasant return walk through the Douglas-fir forest.
Popular Trails at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park:
The hiking and biking trail starts on the forested Stevenson Memorial Trail, then climbs an exposed gravel road to the peak. Take in awesome views on the entire climb, and the peak offers miles of views on a clear day. The five-mile hike to the summit has over 2,000 feet of elevation gain, so bring plenty of water and be ready for a workout.
For a more challenging hike, but one with spectacular valley views, the trail climbs about 2,400 feet in elevation. Look out for wagon-wheel ruts in the rock, as this was a regular stagecoach route back in the day, and in the spring the wildflowers are gorgeous. Bring plenty of water, as there isn’t much shade along the trail.
The trail to the south leads hikers to Table Rock, the volcanic cliffs of the Palisades, and the outskirts of the City of Calistoga. This challenging hike is very steep with loose gravel and some rock scrambling, but worth it for the beautiful views from the top.
Popular Trails at Skyline Wilderness Park:
This is the "main street" of the park and the easiest way to get up into the backcountry with connections to all of the singletrack trails. Several rest benches along the way with nice views overlooking Napa Valley. It's also more shaded as the trail climbs 819 feet elevation towards Lake Marie where there's a picnic table.
Enjoy a brisk climb for the first couple miles, which is worth it for the incredible views on the way up. At the end of the trail, you'll have multiple options to take other trails for a loop return back.
Begin at the access road near the disc golf course, this is a singletrack trail with many exposed areas. At the end of the trail, you'll have multiple options to take other trails for an extended hike or a loop return back.
Combine several trails of varying difficulty to complete this loop. The outer loop of the park has spectacular views of the valleys nearby, with plenty of wildflowers, lots of shade, and a difficult climb to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Popular Trails at Westwood Hills Park:
Popular Trails at Wetlands Edge Park:
This is a family-friendly, gentle, mostly gravel path with nice bay views and benches and picnic tables along the way. The wetlands offer lots of opportunities for birding, so bring your binoculars.
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