Pines & Vines: Camping in the Napa Valley
June 27, 2019
When you think of Napa Valley, you probably think of luxurious and lavish accommodations (of which there are many!). From charming B&Bs to full-service four-star resorts, there’s certainly something to fit every travel style and budget. But what you may not know is that Napa Valley is also a wonderful place for camping. With a mild year-round climate, acres and acres of unspoiled land, redwood forests, mountain vistas, and some of the best hiking trails in Northern California, it’s hard to beat Napa Valley for a vacation spent enjoying the great outdoors. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots to retreat into the wonders of nature, unplug, slow down, and enjoy the natural beauty of Napa Valley.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley offers year-round camping, picnicking, hiking and seasonal swimming. Over 10 miles of hiking trails among redwoods, maples, oaks and madrones are a top attraction in this 1,900-acre park.
Features: Cabins, yurts, tent sites, swimming pool, BBQ grills, picnic tables, restrooms/showers, fire rings
Calistoga RV and Campground
With views of Mount St. Helena and the Palisades, Calistoga RV Park feels secluded and off-the-beaten-path, yet is just four short blocks to downtown Calistoga. The park offers a variety of sites and services and is conveniently located adjacent to the Mount St. Helena Golf Course. While walking the property, you’ll also discover the Calistoga Art Center.
Features: Tent sites, RV sites, pet-friendly, free wi-fi, bike racks, restrooms
Pleasure Cove Resort & Marina
Pleasure Cove Resort features a large campground for tent and RV camping, rustic cabins, and a large selection of small watercraft and houseboat rentals. Spend the morning cruising around the lake on a ski boat, head into downtown Napa for an early dinner, and head back to the resort to stay under the stars.
Features: Tent sites, RV sites, cabin rentals, boat rentals, marina, convenience store, boat launch, lake access
Skyline Wilderness Park
Nestled in the foothills of Napa Valley, Skyline Park is a local favorite for outdoor adventure. In addition to tent, RV, and equestrian camping, the park offers an archery range, disc golf course, and native plants garden. The many fabulous trails boast epic views of the valley and Lake Berryessa.
Features: Tent sites, RV sites, horse camping sites, restrooms/showers, picnic tables, hiking/biking/equestrian trails, disc golf course, archery range
Spanish Flat Campground
Located on the southwest side of scenic Lake Berryessa, Spanish Flat Recreation Area provides RV sites and tent camping sites with lake views. A mile north of the campground you will find Spanish Flat Village Center with Spanish Flat Country Store & Deli, Berryessa Valley Museum, and more. Full boat launching is available, as well as a shaded day use area with BBQ pits and picnic tables.
Features: Tent sites, RV sites, boat launch, BBQ pits
Steele Canyon Campground
Known by various names over the years (including Lupine Shores and Steele Park), Steele Canyon is a great place to stay and enjoy all the outdoor adventure opportunities at Lake Berryessa. Along with tent and RV campsites, the campground features easy access to Lake Berryessa and a launch ramp.
Features: Tent sites, RV sties, boat launch ramp, lake access
Looking for more ways to explore the great outdoors in Napa Valley? Stop by the Welcome Center and pick up a Napa Valley Park Guide, which includes info on local parks, hiking, biking, water activities, outdoor sports, and more.