Contrary to what we might think, sometimes the best way to really take care of yourself while vacationing or on a business trip is to do some solid exercise and spend plenty of time outside. In fact, the benefits of “forest bathing” are well documented and range from improved immune function, to cardiovascular health, to reduced anxiety and stress. So what better way to enhance your stay at Wine Way Inn than to add a little hiking to your itinerary? Here is a list of 7 amazing hiking trails near our Inn. We know that you might not have an entire day to give to it, so we’ve broken it down by distance from the Inn. As with any trail, always call ahead to make sure trail conditions are safe or to find any other information you may need, such as parking or entrance fees.
Within Minutes from Wine Way Inn
- Bale Grist Mill Trail–This hike is rated as moderate and is a delightful, quick loop in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. It includes an historic mill, cemetery, and interpretive signs to enhance your exploration. Depending on the season, be careful of poison oak that some hikers have observed in the area.
- Oat Hill Mine Trail–This hike is rated as difficult and is the longest one on this list at 14 miles round trip. Don’t have that much time to spare? No problem–many hikers report that turning around at mile 4 or so will still provide fantastic views of the valley without the longer time commitment.
- Mount Saint Helena Trail–This hike is also rated as difficult, but the sights are worth the effort. This crown jewel of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park provides a beautiful view of the valley as well as wildflowers, rock scrambling, and occasional wildlife sightings. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen as some of this trail is not shaded.
- Petrified Forest Walk–This hike is rated as easy and good for all skill levels. It includes signs that showcase the amazing petrified wood found in the area and the owners of this park offer guided tours throughout the day.
30+ Minutes from the Inn
- Canyon & Pony Gate Trail Loop–This hike is rated as easy and is located in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. This trail gives you a lot of bang for your hiking buck. It’s short–only 2.1 miles–but includes river views and a waterfall. Definitely worth a stop if you only have a short time.
- Alston Park Loop Trail–This is another easy hike as it loops around Alston Park in Napa and provides beautiful views of the city and valley.
- Bald Mountain Trail–This hike is rated as moderate and is also located in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The views are divine, and you’re likely to see wildlife and wildflowers. Bring a hat and sunscreen for this one, as it does not have much shade.
Wherever your adventures take you, make sure to start them at Wine Way Inn. Our delicious breakfasts will get you fueled for the road ahead, and our comfortable suites will have you sleeping as if you were at home.
Book today and start planning for a delightful stay in Napa Valley!