The Napa Valley Vine Trail is a work in progress to connect Calistoga to the Vallejo ferry terminal, a distance of 47 miles. The trail will roughly parallel State Route 29, a popular wine route and the valley’s main transportation corridor. The trail will allow visitors and locals the chance to hop on a bike, walk, or jog through the beautiful wine-growing region.
Currently, 7 miles of the trail are completed and paved in disconnected segments in several communities along the route, from north to south: Calistoga, Yountville, Napa, and American Canyon.
The northernmost segment begins at Washington Street in Calistoga and follows the former Southern Pacific rail line. The mile-long rail-trail is level and passes vineyards and good bird-watching areas before ending at Dunaweal Lane, near the Clos Pegase Winery and Sterling Vineyards.
South of Calistoga, the next section of trail is situated in downtown Yountville and is called locally the “Yountville Mile,” even though it’s actually just shy of a mile. The trail links Madison Street to California Drive and offers scenic views of the Napa Valley hills.
In Napa, another section of the trail begins at Solano Avenue (south of Redwood Road), where you’ll find a few restaurants, if you want to plan your journey around a meal time. From there, the trail heads southeast along the Wine Train Tracks through residential and light industrial areas to end at Soscal Avenue and Vallejo Street.
South of downtown Napa, another segment (which is also part of the San Francisco Bay Trail) dives under busy Imola Avenue/Highway 221 and through John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. The park spans 350 acres and includes picnic tables, athletic fields, a golf course, playground, and boat launch. An additional piece of trail—about a quarter-mile long—can be found on the south end of the city, paralleling Devlin Road, near the airport.
Another half-mile of the trail is available in American Canyon. It winds through Veterans Memorial Park, a 14-acre open space with benches and a playground.
As of August 2014, a 6-mile section through Oak Knoll (between Yountville and Napa) is getting underway and is expected to be completed by fall 2015.
To access the Napa Valley Vine Trail, from north to south:
Calistoga: From State Route 29/Lincoln Avenue (northbound) in downtown Calistoga, take a right (head east) on Washington Street and go to the end of the street (about five blocks) to the beginning of the trail.
Yountville: Access the trail downtown at California Drive or Madison Street, on the west side of State Route 29.
Napa: Parking is available at Memorial Stadium (a high school facility) at the 1400 block of Menlo Avenue, as well as in John F. Kennedy Park (on Highway 221 south of Napa Valley College).
American Canyon: Parking is available in Veterans Memorial Park (2801 Broadway Street).