Discover the beauty of Bothe Napa Valley State Park. Stroll through the towering redwoods as you hike along a creek surrounded by ferns, madrone, California redwoods, and douglas-fir. Picnic or camp at this gorgeous park located just off the highway in the heart of the Napa Valley. This park is located just five miles from Calistoga or Saint Helena.
Daytime visitors to the park can enjoy picnicking and hiking. There is a large picnic area that makes a nice break from wine tasting. Bring a bottle of wine and a lunch and spend some time relaxing in this beautiful park. There are over ten miles of trails to enjoy at this 1,900 acre park. The Ritchey Canyon trail takes you on an easy stroll along the creek. The sound of the water splashing over rocks as it flows downhill combined with the lush vegetation make this an enjoyable hike.
The campsites at this park are quite nice. You definitely don’t feel you are camping in a parking lot. There are 30 campsites; both RVs and tent camping are allowed here. They have a limited number of walk-in sites where you will find even more privacy. They also have 10 yurts and 5 historic cabins that are available.
Some of the sites are situated right next to the creek. Bothe Napa Valley State Park is open for camping throughout the year. During the spring and early summer you can listen to the sound of the water flowing in the creek as you sleep at night.
During the summer months there is a spring-fed swimming pool open for campers as well as horseback riding. Make reservations for horseback riding by calling Triple Creek Horse Outfit at (707) 887-8700.
While in the Napa Valley, you will probably want to visit some wineries. Many campers enjoy walking to the following wineries:
- Castello di Amorosa
- Frank Family Vineyards
- Larkmead Vineyards
- Madrigal Family Winery
- Schramsberg Vineyards
Explore the many wineries located throughout the Napa Valley that are just a short drive away.
Learn about wineries in each of these Napa towns by clicking on the name of each town:
Wineries in Calistoga tend to be smaller wineries; although there are exceptions. This part of the Valley tends to be more laid-back and casual. This historic town is famous for its hot mineral springs. Tourists head to Calistoga for mud baths and spa treatments.
Wineries not to be missed: Castello di Amorosa (a Medieval inspired Tuscan castle) and Sterling Vineyards (where you can ride the aerial tram to this hilltop winery).
Saint Helena Wineries
There are numerous outstanding wineries located in Saint Helena. This is also the place to go if you want to shop. Browse the unique shops in the downtown area or search for bargains at the St. Helena Premier Outlets, which are just two miles north of St. Helena on Hwy. 29.
Wineries not to be missed: Rombauer Vineyards (located in a scenic, wooded area just off the Silverado Trail) and V. Sattui Winery (They have a popular gourmet cheese shop and deli and a shaded picnic area. Their wines can only be purchased at the winery.)
This small community offers fabulous wineries famous for producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon. There is no town but there are restaurants and accommodations.
Wineries not to be missed: Cakebread Cellars (amazing award-winning Cabernets) and Mumm Cuvee Napa (delicious Sparkling Wines).
Oakville is another Napa area known for producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. The popular Oakville Grocery is located here. It’s a great place to stop and pick up picnic supplies.
Wineries not to be missed: Robert Mondavi Winery (founded by the iconic winemaker, Robert Mondavi) and Silver Oaks (which specializes in producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon).
Yountville is known for its world class restaurants and its outstanding wineries. Many top restaurants are located in this small town including Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, Bouchon, and Bistro Jeanty. Park in the charming downtown area and walk to a number of wine tasting rooms. There are also wineries located just a short drive away.
Wineries not to be missed: Robert Sinskey Vineyards (fabulous wines on the Silverado Trail) and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley (where you can enjoy great wine and unique works of art).
Napa is the largest town in the Valley. It’s the place to go for shopping, dining, and accommodations.
Wineries not to be missed: Artesia Winery (premium wines, gorgeous views, and unique works of art), Domaine Carneros (sip Sparkling Wines while enjoying one of the best views of the Napa Valley, and Hess Collection (fabulous wines with free admission into the Hess Modern Art Museum).
Bothe Napa Valley State Park Contact Information
Address: 3801 Saint Helena Hwy., Calistoga, CA
Telephone: (707) 942-4575
Day use hours: 8 AM until Sunset
The park entrance is located on Highway 29 between St. Helena and Calistoga.
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