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Best time to visit Napa Valley, CA

Hiking in Napa Valley

Napa Valley boasts hundreds of beautiful hiking trails

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Sunny and warm nearly year-round, Napa Valley is an ideal destination for outdoor activities. Wine Country is known for its beautiful landscapes with rugged mountain ranges, redwood forests, scenic beautiful lakes all bursting with diverse foliage and wildlife.

Napa Valley is an agricultural preserve with nearly 53,000 acres of farmland and almost no industry. Every season at Wine Country has its advantages. However, fall and spring are considered the most beautiful seasons thanks to stunning foliage at the vineyards and wildflower blooms.

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If you stay in Napa, there are plenty of great hiking trails right there. You can explore Westwood Hills Park or Alston Park, offering great views of the valley. Skyline Park features a scenic Lake Marie at its eastern side and a panoramic Ridge Trail, which provides a view of San Francisco Bay and surrounding peaks.

St. Helena

If you're coming from St. Helena, then you can reach Linda Falls, by an easy 15-minute hike from the town of Angwin. Visit it after the rain to see the impressive volume of water plunging from 50 ft (15 m). Moore Creek Park is another great St. Helena hiking destination known for its wildlife. Bobcats and bald eagles can be spotted at the park. One of the most scenic areas here is Lake Hennessey.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

If you're based in Calistoga, it's easy to get to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, which is connected to Bale Grist Mill State Park. Both parks have plenty of short trails, perfect for a day-hike. The area is known for its lush redwoods forests with picturesque creeks, surrounded by Douglas-firs and tanoak trees. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is a hidden gem of Calistoga. It is mostly visited because of its scenic 5-mile (8-km) trail to Mount St. Helena, offering panoramic views.

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