Napa River Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Napa, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.5 miElevation gain22 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingrunningPavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo shade
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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.

Parking is available at JFK Park

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Deborah Wakin
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Holly la
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Deborah Wakin
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Jeremy Peacock
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Deborah Wakin
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Cora Young
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Nice stroll, very little shade and no incline. Watch for bikers (including tamiles with smaller bikers ) and joggers with medium traffic on a Sunday afternoon. There are 30-40 tents making up 6-7 different encampments along the river by the rec fields but they are set off the immediate trail and are not at all an issue. This is just their home.

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Thomas Carnazzo
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I recommend it to anyone for a fun wine country ride. Take your time.

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Cynthia Glines
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Nice trail. We parked at the college, but went right rather than left on the trail and had to backtrack—rookie mistake. We saw a beautiful hawk, a jackrabbit and hummingbirds.

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Kali Marie
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Sherry Alcazar
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Flat paved trail. Some homeless encampments. No shade.

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Cara McEachern
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Karen Calhoun
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Nicely maintained. No shade makes it pretty hot on a sunny day. Nice to stop at the park to cool off, refill your water at the fountains. The parking lot next to the roundabout was closed on Sunday. Had to park by the performing arts center, but there is a nice trail out the back of the PAC that meets up with the trail. That adds about 3 tenths of a mile.

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Tina Carlile
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Very pretty views. Super easy walk. Was just sad at how quick it ended. would be nice if it extended across the street.

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Jill Mc
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What a gorgeous walk! I was sad when we got back to our hotel and it was over.

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Dylan Bell
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We went north instead of south on the Napa Vine Trail, towards Oxbow Commons, which has more of a city walk feel than going south to JFK. There's kind of a dull industrial stretch, where you pass the cars for the Napa Wine Train, but it gets lively and fun once you get to 3rd Street and downtown Napa.

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Jessie Elizabeth
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I love to take my puppy here for her morning 2 mile walk.

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Arturo Aguilar
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Daniel Riley
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This is a well-maintained paved trail along the Napa River.

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Robert Flickinger
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Jeff Meacham
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claudia patterson
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Kent Reynolds
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Big Larry Carbery
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Les Higashi
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Kelvin Chang
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Monica Kendall-Shaw
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Catherine Clement
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Reshma Mishra
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Mercedes Ramos
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