Best Places to Picnic in Napa Valley
May 12, 2020
With amazing scenery year-round and picture-perfect weather in the spring and summer months, Napa Valley is a picnicker’s paradise. Whether you’re seeking a day of hiking and outdoor adventure or looking for a more laid-back family-friendly vibe, there’s a picnic spot with your name on it. Here are a few of our favorites, starting at the north end of the valley in Calistoga and working our way down to American Canyon.
Oat Hill Mine Trail - great for hiking, biking, and outdoor adventure with lots of places to stop and picnic along the way.
Old Faithful Geyser - perfect for a fun family picnic, where little ones can visit with the animals and see the natural geyser in action.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park - picnic with awesome views of Napa, Sonoma and Lake County from the summit of Mount St. Helena, the highest peak in Napa Valley.
Bothe-Napa State Park - one of the best places in the valley to escape into nature, enjoy the great outdoors, and picnic amongst the redwoods.
St. Helena Crane Park - great for a family picnic, this 12-acre park features bocce courts, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and plenty of places to spread out and have a leisurely lunch.
Insider tip: Alcohol is permitted in all of Yountville’s parks, so sit back, relax, and sip away!
Veterans Park - another great spot for picnickers of all ages, Veteran’s Park boasts plenty of expansive lawn space for lounging, plus bocce and volleyball courts.
Yountville Park - a favorite for local kids because of the awesome playground, this is a perfect picnic spot for parents with little ones.
Fuller Park- conveniently located in the center of downtown Napa, it’s a great place to picnic with the whole family or spread out with a group of friends.
Timberhill Park - perfect for a short secluded walk to picnic with epic views of the Napa Valley.
Skyline Park - if you’re looking for a picnic spot with sweeping Lake Berryessa views, this is the place (but be ready to hike).
Newell Open Space Preserve - a nature lover’s dream. Picnic among the wildflowers and don’t forget your binoculars for birding!
Wetlands Edge Park - great for a picnic with a view of the Napa River and a walk through the surrounding wetlands to watch the wildlife.
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