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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, several miles of the trail are completed and paved in disconnected segments in several communities along the route, from north to south: Calistoga, Yountville, Napa, American Canyon and Vallejo.
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.
A 6-mile addition to the trail through Oak Knoll (between Yountville and Napa) has been constructed and is open for use.
Construction is still underway on the linkage of the two trail segments in downtown Napa.
In Napa, a 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 Napa Valley Wine Train tracks through residential and light industrial areas. South of downtown Napa, the trail (which is also part of the San Francisco Bay Trail and Napa River Trail) continues along Soscal Avenue and dives under busy W. Imola Avenue/SR 121 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. Two additional pieces of trail—each roughly a quarter-mile long—can be found south of the city: the first winds close to the Napa River, passing under SR 12/29, while the second parallels Devlin Road, near the airport.
A half-mile of trail is available in American Canyon. It winds through Veterans Memorial Park, a 14-acre open space with benches and a playground. Another segment is anticipated to open in American Canyon in fall 2016. The quarter-mile concrete pathway will run from the Vintage Ranch subdivision, past Canyon Oaks Elementary School, and to Newell Drive, where travelers can pick up a multi-use trail that leads to the Newell Open Space Preserve.
In Vallejo, two disconnected trail segments, both also part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, await. The northern stretch closely follows SR 37 over White Slough, while the southern stretch provides access to Vallejo Station (including the Vallejo Ferry Terminal), and both River and Independence Parks.
In July 2022, construction began on the next segment of the Napa Vine Trail between Calistoga & St Helena. This is located behind depot building in Calistoga.
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).
Vallejo: Parking is available in River Park, located at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Hichborn Street.
My wife and I rode the Napa Valley Vine Trail while staying at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa near the intersection of State Route 29 and Redwood Road in Napa. We rode north 5.5 miles before turning around and heading back to the hotel. The trail was flat, paved and in good condition and only lightly traveled. If we had gone another half mile north, we would have reached the point where the Trail crosses underneath State Route 29 to the east side. From there it proceeds another 2 miles north before it ends at Madison Road in Yountville. When it ends you can proceed east on Madison in a bike lane. Overall, the continuous section of the trail from the north side of Napa to the south side of Yountville is about eight miles. Only gave the Trail four stars because in the first mile or two proceeding north from Napa there are three busy intersections that require you to wait for the crossing signal that may require 30-60 seconds each.
We regularly ride the section of the trail between Oak Knoll Ave and Yountville. It's an easy, flat ride, about 7 miles one way. The views of the vineyards and hills are stunning along this entire section. There are rest spots along the way, and there's a free bike tool kit and air pump at the end of the path (or beginning depending on your direction of travel) in Yountville. Though the trail is next to highway 29, it is protected, and is separated from the highway with a good amount of trees and plantings in many sections. Train tracks are also between the trail and the highway, and the Napa Wine Train passes by regularly during peak season. It's a fun, family-friendly mixed-use path.
I only rated it this high as I only saw a very small section. We walked from 3rd street south to Imola. this is a rough area. no lights along the trail it runs between the river and the railroad tracks. lots of homeless camping. such a shame as the trail is a nice wide trail in good shape.
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