Best trails in John F Kennedy Memorial Park, California

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#1 - Napa River Trail
John F Kennedy Memorial Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=177): This 340-acre park at the southern end of the city of Napa encompasses the 2.5-mile Napa River Trail, the 1-mile paved River to Ridge Trail, several sports fields, a golf course, a boat launch, and an area for flying radio-controlled model airplanes. Lawns shaded by large trees surround the picnic grounds, where many tables set on decomposed granite have barbecue grills at wheelchair height. The River to Ridge Trail starts near the boat launch, passes the picnic grounds, and runs parallel to the park’s entrance road. This levee trail follows the Napa River, but you actually see more of the marsh terraces that were built to protect against floods than you do of the river itself. You will, however, see and hear a lot of birds. Across Hwy 221 after the pavement ends, the trail resumes as a dirt path, continuing to Skyline County Park a mile away. A good place to pause is the viewing area just before the bridge over Tulucay Creek; you may see western pond turtles, marsh wrens, black-necked stilts, great blue herons, and more. This spot is the northern tip of the South Napa wetlands, of which over 900 acres have been restored. Accessibility: You can pick up the trail from several places in the park, but it is suggested to start from the boat launch. All of the park’s lots have several firm, designated van-accessible spaces with a cross slope no greater than 2% except for the one at the duck pond and a gravel lot before the park’s main entrance. Two wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are in the middle of the park - they have no sink, but faucets are outside. The doors at the ones near the playground were hard to open. An accessible porta-potty is by the baseball fields. The trail surface is smoothly paved asphalt and typically at least eight feet wide. There are benches along the route for resting. The entire trail is level except for a slight slope at the southern end as it leaves the river and heads east toward the hills and ball fields, and one as you approach the northern section of trail from the boat launch. From the boat launch, the trail leads south in a 1.25-mile loop around a meadow. For wheelchair users, the only draw of the River to Ridge Trail is the duck pond—after you pass that, the pavement ends (at Highway 221, where there are no curb cuts). Heading north from the boat launch, you'll have better views of the hills and marshlands, although they're marred by some development. At the first junction, stay right to continue on the levee trail (if you turn left, the trail dead-ends in 50 feet). After less than half a mile you leave the park boundary, passing Napa Valley College, and can see Imola Bridge looming large to the north. From here you’ll pass under the Imola Bridge, and in less than half a mile, the trail ends. Plans call for extending the trail several miles toward downtown Napa. There is a ramp onto the playground, but the wood fiber surface may be challenging for wheelchairs with small front casters. Wheelchair-accessible tables throughout the park with at least 27 inches of knee clearance and firm and stable paths and surfaces can be reserved by calling 707-257-9529.Show more