History Trail is a hiking trail in Napa County, California. It is within Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 380 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 635 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms, a swimming pool, and parking. The Pioneer Cemetery (elevation 318 feet) graveyard can be seen along the trail. There is also a vineyard along the trail.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike up and over an oak and madrone hill from a working grain mill to a pioneer cemetery"
--Laure Latham, Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books).
"Canyon with views of the northern Napa Valley and redwoods"
"This hike features rough terrain in a wild canyon, a beautiful, perennial creek, and an excellent grove of large redwood trees.
The park has a well-developed trail system that allows for a number of possible loop options. For a satisfying hike that explores a few of the park’s different kinds of environments, set out from the trailhead and follow the level Redwood Trail through the woods a short distance to a road crossing. On the far side of the road, the trail bends to the left, skirting the edge of a group campground. The trail soon comes alongside Ritchey Creek and parallels it for a while. The redwoods rise high above the creek; however, the grove is not a single, cohesive unit, and the trail often passes out of the redwoods and into a mixed forest of oak and other common types of trees."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides).
"The short hike from Bothe–Napa Valley State Park to the historic Bale Grist Mill is a great hike for history lovers. The hike starts near the pioneer cemetery then climbs over a low hill and descends to the impressive remains of the mill’s diversion pond. It then connects to the impressive gristmill, a fascinating glimpse of a bygone era.
The Bale Grist Mill is a fantastic slice of old California history. Built in 1846, the mill processed Napa Valley grain into flour or meal and functioned as a gathering place for many of the valley’s residents in the nineteenth century. Today the mill has been restored and is a great opportunity to witness what life was like in that era. It also offers a fascinating glimpse of the impressive engineering employed by people in the nineteenth century."
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